The beautiful bark has been left on this unsplit Japanese Mountain Cherry branch flute (Prunus serrulata var. spontanea) and four knots have been inlaid with crushed Cherry Coral. Measuring 17 1/8" in length it has been sweetly and soulfully tuned to an A=432 (Verdi) C# minor pentatonic, modes 1 & 4, playing 4 upper octave notes. Deer lacing with Cherry Coral and Red Horn Bone beads secures the bird to its nest. The bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe and a drain hole has been designed into the air chamber to help prevent wet-out. The branch for this flute came directly from Japan (pre-Fukushima nuclear accident) where Mountain Cherry Blossoms are known as Yamazakura. Also of interest, Kabazaiku is the 200 year old art form in Japan of making woodworks out of Cherry tree bark.
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