Stephen Rensink – Flute Maker
I have lived in the Port Perry area most of my life and have been designing and creating Native American Style Flutes since 2010.
About the Artist
Stephen Rensink grew up, and has spent most of his life, in the Port Perry area. The son of a local building contractor, he was no stranger to wood and the tools used to design and create these instruments. In 2010, with the encouragement of friend and mentor David Bouchard, Steve began creating his first flute. What started as a hobby has now turned into a passion. His creations have made their way to countries all around the world. Recently, three of his works were commissioned to be used during the ceremonies commemorating the 100 anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Steve works primarily with re-purposed woods and branches. While he does build for himself he prefers doing custom work as it gives the customer an opportunity to participate in the selection of the wood and design of the flute that always results in an instrument that will be played and cherished throughout the years.
While Steve has no First Nations affiliation but he does recognize and honour the support and mentorship of his many First Nations friends and colleagues, whose culture this style of flute comes from. He works to use his gift as an opportunity to learn more about and draw awareness to First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues in Canada.
Guest Artist at Site #12 with Mila Haynos-Owen & Nina Haynos-Owen
2375 Bank Street, Seagrave