Woodpecker Flute - key of "A" minor is made from domestic walnut, a hardwood, and inlaid with turquoise cabochons which add to the natural beauty of the flute and enhance the functional art quality of the instrument. The flute is sealed with non-toxic oils which give it a clear, bright voice.
The Birdhead Flutes are a wonderful combination of fine musical instrument and wood sculpture. The Woodpecker is part of the Native American legend in the Northern and Midwestern parts of this country that tells the story of the creation of the flute.
Because this flute is in the key of "A" it is easy to play.
Ebonizing is a process used in the early 1900. Even though the ebony wood was already rare and costly, ebony furniture was popular at that time. To compensate for that, wood workers developed a dyeing process called ebonizing. Unlike a stain, the dyeing process penetrates the wood fiber deeply. Walnut is ideal for this process because it has a dark brown grain that streaks through the black dye giving it a similar look to Ebony. We have found that this process slightly enhances the sound quality of the wood.
The flute is tuned in the key of "A" minor and can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "C" major.
It is a 6-hole flute, we cover the 3rd hole from the top of the flute (known as the 6th hole) with a leather tie, giving the option to use it as a 6-hole or a 5-hole flute.
This flute is 24.25 inches (61 cm) long.