Measuring 26 1/4" in length, with a 1" diameter sound chamber and 4 direction holes, this Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) unsplit branch flute is voiced to a clear and soulful low D# minor pentatonic scale, playing three upper octave notes. A few bark fissures have been inlaid with crushed malachite. Deer lacing with malachite and brass beads holds the bird to the nest. To help prevent wet-out, the bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe, and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, has been designed into the bottom of the air chamber. The branch for this flute was gathered sustainably, with prayer, respect and gratitude, from an Arroyo Willow tree that grows within the San Marcos Creek watershed of California. California Indians found many uses for the wonderful willow tree, including bows, baskets, shelters, clothing, fish traps and medicines derived from salicin in the willow's bark, the original "aspirin".
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