Huangana Negra is a Peruvian hardwood, and one of my favorites. I'm currently the only flutemaker to turn this material into a flute. The instrument is 22-9/16" in length, with a one inch bore diameter for volume.
The mouthpiece consists of African wenge, between layers of SE Asian amboyna burl, capped with the huangana negra. The fetish or block, is cut from the same material, bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar for moisture absorption. Wing overlay on the stylized bird consist of paua abalone, walnut burl, yew, and mappa burlwood.
Inlay for the flute, beginning at the mouthpiece, includes a beautiful 8x10mm abalone cab, flanked by 4.3mm turquoise cabs, while each side of the compression chamber is inset with 10 and 19mm discs of matching amboyna burl. Forward from the fetish, I placed a 12x24mm Mexican crazy lace agate, while beyond that, the finger holes are accented with 4.4mm abalone dots and a 6mm dome cut almandine garnet. Lastly, the fetish is set with a 6mm black pearl to the bird's crown, with 2.8mm hematite beads set as eyes.
The instrument also includes a removable (slide off) wrap of western diamondback rattlesnake skin, harvested from a snake den at the Spike Box ranch outside of Benjamin TX............I advise removing the skin, should you plan to attend any Native American events that include Woodland tribes members as the material is very powerful medicine only used in specific rituals.
The fetish ties on this instrument run through, rather than around the flute. This, to allow inlay or decoration of the compression chamber. It's a very risky process, but to me, aesthetically pleasing. For drying the flue area following play, it is only necessary to loosen the ties, and gently slide the fetish to the side. Should you wish to completely remove the ties, they are best coaxed down through the flute with a wooden toothpick, so as not to damage the channels.
This flute was tuned at an air temp of 71.2-72.3 degrees F, with a wood temp of 71.6 degrees F. The humidity was 47% @ 122 ft. above sea level, in Hermosa Beach CA.