Measuring 21 7/8" in length, with a 7/8" diameter sound chamber, this 6 holed, unsplit Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens ) branch flute is tuned to an F# minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, playing 3+ upper octave notes as well as the gypsy scale. One of the joys of branch flute making is the unique qualities that appear in the process of finding the voice in each individual branch. This branch ended up with an amazing ability to sing a couple very high, in tune, extended range notes, above the usual three upper octave notes. These notes are heard in the second half of the sound sample and are played by overblowing the second and third hole up. This takes about twice the amount of air as normal as well as a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but it's doable and a nice special feature on this flute. Some of the red bark has been left on, contrasting nicely with the exposed and finely finished wood grain. Any knot holes have been inlaid with crushed malachite. This branch was gathered from a grove of Coast Redwood trees that grow at Descanso Gardens. Elk lacing with malachite and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird fitted with a redwood heartwood shoe to aid against wetout.
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