About Me
Erik Nugent
Flute Maker
I am a Boston flute maker who moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in December of 2016. Now I am purchasing Fluteworks Seattle and will be relocating to the north Seattle area early this summer.

I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in a family of creative thinkers including Visual Artists, Doctors, Musicians and Dancers. I started playing music at age 10 and never looked back.

In 1996 I received my Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1999 I moved to Boston to begin making handmade flutes as a finisher for Verne Q. Powell and later for David Williams. I became the Repair Manager for William S. Haynes and then the Quality Control Manager for Nagahara Flutes for 9 years. A desire to be near extended family brought me to Arkansas where I opened up Nugent Flutes.

Courtney Westcott of Fluteworks Seattle saw that I had entered the market as one of only 6 Brannen Brothers repair techs in the USA. She is also in this elite group, and she was getting more business than she could handle. She started sending me many of her repairs in 2017. 

I am happy to have received Repair Technician Certifications from Verne Q.  Powell, and Straubinger Flutes, and Brannen Brothers Flutemakers lists me on their website as one of only 6 repair people in the USA that they trust.

I became interested in the Didgeridoo as a hobby in 1999. Never content with the status quo I invented the Chromatic Didgeridoo by adding the Boehm fingering system. I recorded an album on the instrument called "the Birth of the Nu".

I used the research from building the Chromatic Didgeridoo to develop mouthpieces for low brass that facilitate Didgeridoo techniques. Called “nu mouthpieces” they brought the techniques for playing didgeridoo to the tuba, trombone, and baritone saxophone.

In 2016 my family got tired of the long dark winters in Massachusetts and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where I opened up my own shop. If you see me hiking on Pettit Jean Mountain with my son and our dog, Curi, stop and say hi!