This Native American style, unsplit Camellia branch flute, which grew at the beautiful Descanso Gardens (home to North America's largest Camellia collection), has a wonderful, silky smooth finish to it and a sweet, stable, clear voice to match! A few bark inclusions are left on, contrasting nicely with the finely finished wood grain. Measuring 21 1/2" in length, with four tuning holes, it is accurately tuned to a G minor pentatonic scale playing three upper octave notes as well as the Gypsy Scale. All knot holes have been inlaid with crushed malachite. Elk lacing, with red horn bone and malachite beads holds the bird to the nest. To aid against wet-out (the build-up of breath condensation that can clog the windway of the flute) the bird has been fitted with a redwood heartwood shoe, for its absorbtion qualities, and a drainhole has been designed into the air chamber, kept covered by the lacing.
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