Most of the beautiful bark that gives it its name has been left on this unsplit Red Ironbark Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus tricarpa) branch flute. Measuring 15 3/4" in length, it is tuned to a high D#m modes 1&4 pentatonic scale, with a sweet, brightly expressive voice that plays 4 upper octave notes. A bit of crushed malachite has been inlaid into the bird and a small knot just above the 4th hole. Other knots, though well sealed, have been left alone to show the natural beauty of this tree species. Deer lacing with malachite and brass beads holds the bird to the nest. To help prevent wetout, the bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, gas been designed into the air chamber. The branch for this flute was gathered with love, respect and gratitude from a tree that had been cut down along San Marcos Creek, in preparation for a development project. But the spirit of that beautiful tree lives on in this flute!
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