Because this particular Cottonwood branch was downed wood, it had been carved in a few places by wood borers, their work celebrated now with inlaid crushed malachite stone, adding some character and a nice color contrast to the exposed and finely finished wood grain. Much of the bark has been left on, though sanded down at the tone holes to make the wall thickness there under 1/4". The flute measures 23 1/2" in length, with a 1" diameter sound chamber, and is tuned to a sweet and stable low D# minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4. It also plays the Gypsy scale as well as 2 upper octave notes. Elk lacing with malachite and horn bone beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird having been fitted with a redwood heartwood shoe to aid against wet-out.
The voice on this flute is especially clear and sweet, with no breathiness. This branch, having grown in a park by a lake, overlooking children, adults and seniors, walking, running, skating, fishing as well as providing a roost for a wide variety of birds, has many stories to tell and songs to sing, now that it has a voice. It only needs to be filled with a loving breath.
This branch flute has already found a loving home.
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