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How the Ocarina Business Started

How Easy Is Your Ocarina?

History of the Ocarina

Ocarina Styles

Making an Exceptional Ocarina

Hard Times In The Ocarina Business

Giving Up On The Ocarina Business?

The World Against You?

Enjoying Ocarina Entrepreneurship

Skills of an Ocarina Master

Pre Ocarina Master

Interesting Ocarina Places

Ocarinas and Health

Ocarinas and Holidays

Pets and Ocarinas

How Kids React to Ocarinas

Memorable Ocarina Kids

Misconceptions About Ocarinas?

Mountain Ocarinas Accomplishments

Mountain Ocarina Costs

Ocarina Learning Tips

Dreams for the Future



Ocarina Music

What experiences in your past, before you started making ocarinas, have prepared you for becoming an ocarina maker?

Oh, itís hard to say. I guess Iíve never really thought about it before, but I imagine I was influenced as a kid by seeing my dad, a scientist, a plant physiologist, doing experiments. He would test different types of herbicides, for example, and of course there were controls and hypotheses, and he would keep an accurate record of all his results. That was part of growing up.

I also think I learned a lot, believe it or not, from studying a master's in Translation at the University of Puerto Rico. I think I learned a lot about excellence there. I mean, we worked a translation in drafts. A first draft, a second, a third. You didn't just slap something together one time and say "That's good enough." You'd go back later and improve upon it. A good translation was a process, not a one time event. And that, to me, is at the heart of instrument making: the ongoing movement towards excellence.

But I've always had a love of discovery. I'd be happy to spend a good chunk of my workdays prototyping. Unfortunately, now I have to do it in fits and starts, whenever I can grab some time away from running the business and selling ocarinas and things like that.



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