Going hiking this summer? For solace sake, you might give the iPod a rest and instead learn how to play a woodland flute, which could resound quite nicely with your forest time. Werner John, a Massachusetts based craftsman, musician offers lightweight woodland flutes made especially for the backpacker. His flute designs overcome the usual humidity issues with a unique ceramic liner (partial view of liner shown in photo) that enables wooden flutes to be played outdoors, in cool weather, and without condensation problems. The backpack models are priced from US$245-345. We think his ideas are in tune as well. "Threats and decline are not all there is. Dwelling on successes is inspiring..."!