wife, Sabine, and I are blessed to live just a few miles from one of
stretches of land left on the Southern California coast ~ the 2,000
acre Torrey Pines State Reserve. Home to what is
considered the rarest Pine in the United States, it offers magnificent
views of the Pacific Ocean from trails that wind
through rare Coastal Sage Scrub habitat down and
around sandstone cliffs to the beautiful beach below.
As an endangered species, Torrey Pine (Pinus
torreyana) grows in the wild only in this location of San
Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island. It is also frequently
grown in this bioregion as
an ornamental tree for use in drought tolerant
gardens and landscapes. It was from a downed Torrey Pine tree
in a private garden, not on the Reserve, that the branch for
this flute was gathered ~ rescued from the jaws of the
machine to live on, continuing to bless the world with her spirit,
beauty and song!
This naturally beautiful Torrey Pine branch flute
is sweetly and resonantly voiced to a concert/recording
quality Gm pentatonic scale.
has been left on, with its wonderful scaled texture.
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
magnificent Torrey Pine tree sings for all endangered or threatened
forms on this good Earth!
~ Jon Sherman