Measuring 20 3/4" in length with a 3/4" diameter sound chamber, this Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) unsplit branch flute has been accurately tuned to a clear and soulful G# minor pentatonic scale, playing three upper octave notes. Most of the bark has been left on, well sealed to insure its continued adherence to the wood. Knots and bark fissures have been inlaid with crushed Aquamarine. Deer leather lacing with Aquamarine and brass beads holds the bird to the nest. To help prevent wet-out, the bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe, and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, has been designed into the bottom of the air chamber. The branch for this flute was gathered sustainably, with prayer 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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