A Little Bit About Rod
Rod is the originator of the company and presently chief designer as well as full time instrument maker. His amazing artist skills to build and design these wonderful instruments are without equal.
Rod got his Wings in July 2015. He is now flying with the best and making music with the Greatest.
Ginger is continuing the making of the instruments in Rod's footsteps.
A little bit about Ginger
I was raised in Boston and Cape Cod. I never thought of myself as particularly artsy. Years later in Denver Colorado I met Rod and he convinced me to delve into the arts and craft business. He was very convincing. I was sure I didn't have an artsy bone in my body.
He taught me how to do acid etchings on glass and crystal. He was learning how to make and tune bamboo flutes. Together we created a small company and started doing craft fairs, we called ourselves Bamboo and Glass Works. Seven years later we reinvented the company to just be musical instruments. It was a leap of Faith. But this way we could branch out into other ethnic instruments.
Ours is a great partnership. Rod and I both work on the decorating of the bamboo. He does the final tuning and I do the final work on the Saxophone he invented.
My joy though comes from the interaction with people and teaching we do at our booths at Renaissance Festivals. The joy in a persons eyes when I'm able to teach them how to blow a flute or saxophone is amazing and very satisfying.
A little bit about our apprentice - Marquis
From a young age, I've been passionate about music. My father picked banjo in a bluegrass band around the time I was born in Safford, Arizona. He shared his passion for American folk music with me, and he introduced me to Alan Lomax, a pioneer of ethnomusicology and one of my lifelong heroes. My mother had to twist my arm into violin lessons when I was eight, but I was overjoyed when she bought me my first acoustic guitar. I was never satisfied with one instrument though. I taught myself a number of simpler instruments like jaw harp and tin whistle, then really fell in love with my first electric bass. Throughout high school, I pursued every available gig I could find as a bassist and ended up playing for a number garage bands and worship teams. After high school, I received a English scholarship from Eastern Arizona College and worked hard at my Associates degree. My dream was to become an Ethnomusicologist. I was able to find a summer internship in that field through my church, and I had a wonderful adventure studying the indigenous music of Senegal, West Africa during the summer of 2010. I also studied North African music in Europe (mostly northern France) the following summer as an intern with the same organization, WEC International. During the spring semesters of college I worked as a court dancer at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I fell in love with the festivals community, especially the music, and I found myself returning every year. The music was the best part. After college, I decided to pick up a practical trade and spent two years working as a mechanic in Tucson. In 2016, I decided to explore more renaissance festivals and spend an entire year on the road. I was lucky to find employment with Baird's Musik, and after working for Ginger in Colorado and Minnesota, I was even more grateful to be her apprentice. Now I get to do more of what I love, music and renaissance festivals.