This Peruvian hardwood flute is 21-7/8" in length, with a one inch bore diameter, and tuned to F minor. Materials used, beginning at the mouthpiece, include SE Asian amboyna burl, between layers of African ebony, and copper. The 19mm disks inlayed to each side of the compression chamber are cut and hand colorized from box elder burl, and the fetish or stylized bird is cut from the huangana negra, with wing overlay of Paua abalone and addl. African ebony.
Again, beginning at the mouthpiece, inlay consists of a 6mm red pearl flanked by 4mm turquoise cabs, while adjacent to each box elder disk, sits an 8mm black mother of pearl cab. The sound chamber includes an 11 by 22mm oval cut Mexican crazy lace agate followed by four 4mm abalone dots and a 6mm hematite cab accenting the finger holes. Lastly, the fetish has a trillion cut 6mm faceted Brazilian azotic topaz set to the crown, and 2.8mm hematite beads set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at 72.4 degrees F, with a wood temp of 71.8 degrees, 62% humidity, and tuned at 160 ft. above sea level.
it should be noted, the deerskin ties run through the flute rather than around it, giving me room to doodle around with design elements I find pleasing to the eye. As such, after play, the fetish block does not need to be completely removed from the flute to dry, but simply loosened, and gently pulled to the side. Additionally, the underside of the flute has a nylon sleeved hole which enters the compression chamber, and cotton wicking (provided) can be stuffed about an inch into the chamber, and moisture will wick down and out of the flute. This material can be dried and re-used repeatedly, and as noted, consists of nothing more than 100% COTTON 1/4" wicking material. I've additionally included a plug of billet aluminum should wicking be unnecessary.