Each of the 11 knots spiraling up around this Tree Tobacco flute has been set with an amethyst crystal point, looking very much like buds on the branch but allowing for the healing properties of amethyst to join in a beautiful synergy with the spirit of tobacco -- amplifying tobacco's own prayer-carrying properties while purifying, protecting against and helping to transmute any past misuse of this sacred plant. This is a flute of natural magic, intended for prayer, good vibes and healing. Creator willing, I'll be making more tobacco flutes with amethyst crystals, but this one is simply too priceless to sell, resonating so deeply with my intent as a flute player. I look forward to sharing this magic flute with you at upcoming Dryad events!
Clearly and soulfully voiced to a concert/recording quality low Dm pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, this amazing Tobacco branch flute plays a remarkable 6 upper register notes, in tune! And those extra upper notes are easily played, with only a slight over-blow needed. This is one of the benefits of making branch flutes -- each one of kind branch comes with its own special qualities. This flute measures 27 1/4" in length, with a 1" diameter sound chamber and 4 tuning holes. As with all Dryad Flutes it was bored out unsplit, maintaining the integrity of its growth rings and its natural appearance. Deer leather lacing with amethyst and copper 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. This tobacco flute has been well sealed, inside and out, so that neither of the alkaloids in Nicotiana glauca (nicotine and anabasine) come into contact with the player.
Tree Tobacco ( Nicotiana glauca ) is a species of wild tobacco native to South America that can grow to the size of a small tree. It has naturalized to other parts of the world, including here in Southern California where the Cahuilla Indians used its leaves "interchangeably with other tobacco species in hunting rituals and as a poultice to treat swellings, bruises, cuts, wounds, boils, sores, inflamed throat, and swollen glands." (source) Various types of tobacco have been used traditionally in native cultures throughout the Americas as offerings to the spirits, for planting, for gathering food, for healings and for the Native American Pipe Ceremony. (source)