Jem Klein is a gifted flute maker and woodworker. His work is displayed in galleries and museums throughout the USA. His shakuhachi flutes and revered worldwide.
I was raised in the hills of Mendocino County, California, where I was fully home-schooled and encouraged to follow my own interests. Beginning as a young child, I was greatly inspired by beauty and sound in the natural world and began creating small musical instruments from clay, wood and other materials. I loved (and still love) inventing whistles and flutes to create new sounds with each one.
In 1995, I began an apprenticeship with master flute maker Monty Levenson, where I was exposed to all aspects of Shakuhachi making. From this experience, flute making has become an integral part of my life path. It has also steered me on a profound path of inner exploration.
I branched off and opened my own shakuhachi flute shop in 2006. I now live near Celo, NC with my wife Meredith and sons Oak and Eben. I am very grateful to be able to work from home and be with my family.
I also have a passion for woodworking. You can check out some of my work at: www.jemklein.etsy.com