Some of the bark has been left on this unsplit, 6 holed California Peppertree (Schinus molle) branch flute, tuned to a high c# minor pentatonic, modes 1 & 4. Sanded smooth at the tone holes, the exposed wood contrasts nicely, both visually and textually, with the surface and underlayer bark. Measuring 16 1/4" in length, the whole flute is finely finished with any knot or surface checks inlaid with crushed malachite. Elk lacing with malachite and brass beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird fitted with a redwood shoe to aid against wetout. The branch for this flute was gathered at the Nottingham Center for the Arts, where the flute was made.Interesting shamanic use of Peppertree: Brought to Mexico by the Spaniards from South America hundreds of years ago,
Peppertree now grows abundantly in the wild there, where it is known by the name of "pirul", also naturalizing
throughout the American Southwest. It has become an important part of Mexican traditional medicine,
as its branches are used to "sweep" a person's body and thus "cast away all bad luck" and
the "evil eye". This ceremony, called "una barrida con pirul" is common practice
in many rural communities in Mexico today.
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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