Raven Head Flute - key of "F#" minor is made from ebonized 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 wooden flute was created in honor of those legends.
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 "F#" minor and can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "A" 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 28.5 inches (72 cm) long.
ITEM # 143-F#