Measuring 24" in length, with four direction/tuning holes, this Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) unsplit branch flute is soulfully and expressively tuned to a mid range Gm pentatonic scale, modes 1&4, playing three upper register notes. Most of the bark has been removed, exposing the finely finished, light colored sapwood of the branch. Some of the red colored heartwood remains inside both the air and sound chambers, unsealed so as not to hide its pleasing scent. This flute also plays the "Gypsy scale" and the full octave of the Bb major scale, as heard in the sound sample. Crushed Turquoise has been inlaid in many of the knots. Deer leather lacing with Turquoise and Brass beads secures the bird to its nest. To help prevent wet-out, the bird has been fitted with a cedar heartwood shoe, and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, has been designed into the bottom of the air chamber. The branch for this flute came from a relative's ranch in Oklahoma.
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