Measuring 20" in length, with four tuning holes, this unsplit Birch ( Betula papyrifera ) branch flute has been accurately tuned with a clear, sweet voice to a 6 holed G minor pentatonic scale, playing two upper octave notes. Some of the birch bark has been left on, a nice tactile and visual contrast to the exposed and finely finished, spalted wood grain. Knots and transition areas from bark to wood have been inlaid with crushed turquoise stone. To aid against wet-out (the build-up of breath condensation that can clog the windway of the flute) the bird has been fitted with a redwood heartwood shoe, for its absorption qualities, and a drain hole has been designed into the air chamber. Elk lacing with turquoise nuggets and brass beads holds the bird to the nest.
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