Measuring 24" in length, the bark has been left on this 6 holed unsplit Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) branch flute, concert tuned to an F minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4. There is a wonderful controllable warble on the fundamental of this flute, as heard in the sound samples. Bark crevices have been inlaid with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and elk lacing with Sleeping Beauty and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest. The bird has been 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 among a wild grove of willow trees. This flute is best played by someone with medium to large hands.
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.
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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