Most of the bark, the smooth, dark brown underlayer as well as a bit of the rougher outer layer, has been left
on this unsplit California Peppertree (Schinus molle) branch flute, contrasting nicely with the exposed wood grain.
Measuring 17 1/2" in length it is tuned to an Bb minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, playing 2 upper octave notes.
The small knot holes and a couple surface checks have been inlaid with crushed turquoise. Elk lacing with turquoise
and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird wearing a Redwood heartwood shoe to help prevent wet-out.
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