This flute is 22-5/8 inches in length, with a one inch bore diameter, tuned to F minor. Woods used in this build, beginning at the mouthpiece, include Mexican cocobolo between layers of Oklahoma Osage Orange. And capped with the walnut. The fetish is carved from the walnut, and bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar, for moisture control.
Inlay for this piece. Again, beginning at the mouthpiece, includes a 7x15mm Mexican boulder opal, flanked by 4.2mm turquoise cabs, while the sides of the compression chamber are set with 22mm disks of the Osage orange. After placement and sanding, the material lost some of its original coloration, so natural pigment was additionally applied. Forward from the fetish, I added a 6mm dome cut hematite cab while the sound chamber itself includes an 18x24mm Mexican crazy lace agate. The finger holes are accented with four 4mm abalone dots and a 6.1mm dome cut turquoise cab. Lastly, the fetish block has a 6mm faceted Brazilian azotic topaz set to the crown, and 2.3mm hematite beads set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at 72.3 degrees F with a wood temperature of 73 degrees F, and 52% humidity at 60’ above sea level.
Please note, the fetish ties run through the flute and not around it. Drying the flue area simply requires loosening the ties and gently pulling the block to the side. Should you wish to completely remove the ties, they are best re-inserted with the aid of a wooden toothpick, to avoid damage to the channels.