Playing with contrasting shapes between the exposed wood grain and the bark (the bark being an important aspect of the spirit of a tree)
is one of the creative joys in the making of a Dryad Flute, when a particular branch provides the opportunity, as with this Evergreen Ash (Fraxinus uhdei) gathered from the beautiful Descanso Gardens. This technique is possible since the branch was gathered green (shortly before being kiln dried), with it's original colors intact and the bark still tightly adhered to the grain. An adherence that will remain for the life of the flute, as it's been well sealed from biodegration in the finishing process. Measuring 19 7/8" in length this six holed flute is concert tuned to an A minor pentatonic, modes 1 & 4, playing the Gypsy scale (as heard in the sound sample) as well as 3 upper octave notes. A few knot holes have been inlaid with malachite, elk lacing with malachite and amber beads holding the bird to the nest.
price includes U.S. shipping cost,
"How to Play and Care For Your Dryad Flute" booklet,
a lined felt drawstring flute bag and a quality guarantee.
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