This equatorial African hardwood is also known a Shedua, and is not unlike bubinga, on a cellular level. The material is characterized as an exceptional tone wood. This particular flute is 24-3/4 inches in length, with a 1” bore diameter.
The materials used for the mouthpiece include SE Asian amboyna burl, between layers of Mexican zircote, capped with the amazique. The fetish is cut from a rose wood, (pao ferro) bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar. Wing overlay consists of paua abalone topped with additional zircote.
Starting at the mouthpiece, inlay consists of a 9x11mm Mexican fire agate, flanked by 5.2mm abalone cabs. Each side of the compression chamber is then set with 22mm disks of Mexican zircote. The back end of the sound chamber includes a 13x23mm Mexican crazy lace agate, while the finger holes are accented with four 4mm abalone dots, and a 7x12mm diamond cut abalone cab. The far end or foot of the flute, has a tuning hole burned in as a stylized snake or serpent, with tiny accents of powdered Arizona chrysocolla. Lastly, the fetish has a 4.8mm moonstone set to the crown, and 2.2mm faceted African black diamonds set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at 72.5 degrees F, w/62% humidity, @ sea level.
The instrument includes a wrap of Western Diamondback rattlesnake skin, taken from outside a den on the Spike Box Ranch in Benjamin Texas.