closeup of turquoise inlay in
|Some of the bark has been left
on this Coast Redwood unsplit branch flute, extending down both sides
of the flute from the mouth end, but removed from the front and back to
expose the finely finished grain. Crushed turquoise has been inlayed
into some of the bark crevices and wood knots and a turquoise
bead has been set into the top of the bird.
Elk lacing with turquoise and
red horn-bone beads holds the bird to the
nest. The flute
measures 20 1/4" in length and the branch was
gathered from a grove of Coast Redwood
trees that grow at the beautiful Descanso
Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California.