Eucalyptus trees are used traditionally by the Aboriginal Australians for the making of their didgeridoos. They can can also be used to make wonderful branch flutes, this being the first one I've made from the Lemon Eucalyptus species. (Corymbia citriodora) The smooth, unique bark of the branch has been sanded down at the finger holes to expose the finely finished wood grain. Measuring 20" in length, it is clearly and delightfully voiced to a mid-range, concert/recording quality G#m pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, playing three upper register notes. The branch's natural beauty has been augmented with touches of green turquoise inlay in a few small knots. Deer leather lacing with green turquoise nuggets and gold plated beads secures the bird to its nest. To help prevent wetout, the bird has been fitted with a cedar shoe, and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, has been designed into the air chamber. The branch for this flute was respectfully gathered from a Lemon Eucalyptus tree that had been cut down for a development ... living on now through this beautiful branch flute.
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