Measuring 18" in length, the bark has been left on this unsplit Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) branch flute.
Concert tuned to high B, it plays the minor pentatonic modes 1 & 4 as well as the Gypsy scale, with three, in tune,
upper octave notes. Crushed turquoise has been inlaid in some of the knot holes, including in the bird.
American bison lacing with turquoise beads holds the bird to the nest. The branch grew in the native
chaparral plant community that surrounds Descanso Gardens.