Measuring 18 5/8" in length, much of the bark has been left on this 6 holed unsplit Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) branch flute, though though sanded down around the tones holes, exposing the beautiful colors of the wood grain. Tuned to an A minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, it also plays the Gypsy scale, as heard in the second half of the sound file. Bark crevices and any knot checks have been inlaid with malachite. Elk lacing with malachite and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird fitted with a redwood shoe to aid against wetout. The branch for this flute was gathered along San Marcos Creek, in San Diego County, CA amongst a wild grove of native, Arroyo Willow trees.
California Indians found many uses for the wonderful willow tree, including bows, baskets, shelters, clothing, fish traps and medicines derived from salicin in the willow's bark, the original aspirin. Because of it's flexibility when green (one reason it was used for shelters), I was able to bend this curved branch straight before boring it out, it then springing back to it's original shape. This technique is possible on other woods as well, but easiest when working with willow.
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"How to Play and Care For Your Dryad Flute" booklet,
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