Measuring 20 3/4" in length, with a 1" sound chamber, this 6 holed, unsplit Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) branch flute is accurately tuned to a Verdi (A=432) F minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4 with a sweet sounding, warm, non-breathy voice. Cross fingered notes are in tune as well and it plays three upper octave notes. Some of the bark has been left on the branch at the north end of the flute, and a few tiny knots have been inlaid with turquoise as well as checks at the mouth and in the bird. Elk lacing with turquoise 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 sustainably gathered with care and respect along San Marcos Creek, in San Diego County, California, amongst a wild grove of Arroyo willow trees. California Indians found many uses for the wonderful willow tree, including bows, baskets, shelters, clothing, fish traps, sweat lodges and medicines derived from salicin in the willow's bark, the original aspirin.
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