Raven Head 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 Raven plays a large part in Native American mythology throughout the various tribal cultures. This flute was created in honor of those legends.
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 based on the key of "A" minor but can also be played in the relative major diatonic 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.
ITEM # 143-A