A little information about the wood. This material is plantation grown Radiata pine, wherein the material has colorized cornstarch pressure blown through the wood, creating all the characteristics of a hardwood. Originally introduced in 2006 as an alternative to further depleating hardwood sources worldwide, and specifically for flooring, the makers won a multitude of awards, just in time for the complete collapse of the housing market. As a result, the company went out of business in 2009, and their total production is now exhausted. Although engineered, it is one of my favorite tone woods.
Tuned to Fm, this 6 hole flute is 21 3/8" in length, with a 7/8" bore diameter. Wood at the mouthpiece includes dyed/stabilized box elder burl sandwiched between the alowood. The 19 mm disks on each side of the compression is additional box elder burl. The fetish is cut from the alowood, bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar for moisture control. Paua abalone is used as a wing overlay, with addl. alowood.
Inlay begins at the mouthpiece, with a 10x14mm quartz capped abalone oval, flanked by dome cut 6mm hematite cabs. Forward from the fetish is an 8mm dome cut iron pyrite cab, and thereafter, a 16x25mm oval cut Tiffany stone, also known as Utah opal....The finger holes are accented with four 4mm abalone dots, and an additional 6mm iron pyrite cab. Lastly, the fetish block includes a 6mm black pearl set to the crown, and hematite beads, set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at an ambient temp of 71.8 degrees F, with 69% humidity. The wood temp at tuning was 73.7 degrees F. All at 205 ft ASL
Please note, the ties run through the flute and not around it. For drying purposes, it is unnecessary to remove them, but rather just loosen them and slide the fetish to the side. However, should you want to completely remove them, please use a wooden toothpick to coax the deerskin back through the holes, so as not to damage the channels.