Much of the bark has been left on this unsplit Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) branch flute, allowing for a nice contrast, both visual and tactile, with the exposed and finely finished wood grain. Measuring 19 3/4" in length, with a 1" sound chamber, it is tuned to a clear and sweet F# minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, playing three upper octave notes as well as the gypsy scale. Bark fissures on the right side of the flute and on the bird have been inlaid with crushed malachite, to give the impression of moss growing on the branch. A few small knots have been inlaid with malachite as well. Elk lacing with malachite and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird fitted with a redwood shoe to aid against wetout. The branch for this flute was gathered sustainably, with love, respect and gratitude, along San Marcos Creek, in San Diego County, CA amongst a wild grove of native Arroyo Willow trees. California Indians found many uses for the wonderful willow, including bows, baskets, shelters, sweat lodges, clothing,
fish traps and medicines derived from salicin in the willow's bark, the original aspirin.
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