The wonderful bark characteristics, from the rougher outer layer to the beautiful chocolate colored inner layer contrasts nicely with the exposed wood grain on this very unique Peppertree (Shinus molle) branch flute. How in the world did the bore get through this unsplit, curved branch? One "secret" is that Peppertree shrinks significantly when drying. By boring it out green a bigger diameter is possible than if the wood had been dry. Measuring 16 3/4" in length (with four tuning holes) and concert tuned to a B minor pentatonic, modes 1 & 4, it plays 4 upper octave notes. The whole flute is finely finished and all knot holes or crevices have been inlaid with crushed malachite. Elk lacing with malachite and amber beads holds the bird to the nest. The branch for this flute was gathered from a tree that grows where the flute was made, at the Nottingham Center for the Arts.
Interesting shamanic use of Peppertree: Brought to Mexico by the Spaniards from South America hundreds of years ago,
Peppertree now grows abundantly in the wild there, where it is known by the name of "pirul", also naturalizing throughout the American Southwest. It has become an important part of Mexican traditional medicine, as its branches are used to "sweep" a person's body and thus "cast away all bad luck" and the "evil eye". This ceremony, called "una barrida con pirul" is common practice in many rural communities in Mexico today.
price includes U.S. shipping cost,
"How to Play and Care For Your Dryad Flute" booklet,
a lined felt drawstring flute bag and a quality guarantee.
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