Torrey Pine Branch Flute in G#
Measuring 19 3/8" in length, the bark has been left on this minor pentatonic modes 1 & 4 Torrey Pine unsplit branch flute, except at the ends, nest and below the sound hole, where the wood grain has been exposed and finely finished. The bark, left rough at the mouth end, has been sanded smooth below that to reveal the beautiful color and patern of the bark's underlayer. Black tanned elk lacing with brass and Malachite beads holds the bird to the nest. The bird itself has a touch of Malachite inlaid into the center of the exposed growth rings. This flute has a nice controllable warble on the fundamental, as heard in the sound sample.
An Endangered Species Teaching Flute
An endangered tree in the wild, the Torrey pine is considered the rarest pine in the United States, its wild population restricted to
about 4000 trees growing in a narrow strip along the California coast in San Diego County. This particular branch
was gathered from the ground, below a grove of Torrey pine trees that were planted years ago at Descanso Gardens.