California Black Walnut (Juglans californica) is native and endemic to California and has become a threatened species, due to over-development. And sure enough, this gorgeous Black Walnut branch was rescued from the path of a bulldozer, along the San Marcos Creek watershed of Southern California. Her spirit, if she finds the right home, could inspire heart opening songs that help heal our connection with the increasingly threatened natural world. And I think the birds who evolved over the centuries in relationship with this tree might also contribute their spirit and inspiration to the player. They did so for me, in the recording of the sound sample for this beautiful California Black Walnut Branch Flute. Measuring 15 ½" in length with four direction/tuning holes, she has been lovingly and accurately voiced to a concert/recording quality, bright, clear and sweet 6 holed minor pentatonic high Dm scale, playing 3 upper octave notes. The bark has been sanded in natural shapes to expose the finely finished, lighter colored wood grain, well sealed to prevent separation from the wood. Several knots have been inlaid with crushed malachite. To help prevent wetout (the build-up of breath condensation that can clog the windway of the flute) the bird has been fitted with a cedar shoe, for its absorption qualities, and a drain hole has been designed into the air chamber. Deer leather lacing with malachite and wood beads secures the bird to her nest.
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