Measuring 24 3/4" in length, with a 1" bore and 4 direction/tuning holes, this 6 holed, Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) unsplit branch flute, has been accurately tuned and sweetly voiced to a Verdi (A=432) E minor pentatonic scale, playing four upper octave notes. Much of the bark has been left on, though taken down at the tone holes so as to decrease the thickness of the bore wall there, exposing the beauty of the wood grain. Crushed turquoise has been inlaid into all knot holes and the first and fourth hole have been offset for ergonomic finger placement. Deer lacing with turquoise and red hair pipe beads holds the bird to the nest. To help prevent wet-out, the bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe for it's moisture absorption qualities, and a drain hole, covered by the deer lacing, has been designed into the bottom of the air chamber. The branch for this flute was gathered sustainably, with respect and gratitude, along San Marcos Creek, in San Diego County, CA, 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 and medicines derived from salicin in the willow's bark, the original aspirin.
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