Near to where I live in the U.K. there is an amazing forest. Within this forest there is an ancient Iron age settlement from about 3000 years ago. Over the years this forest has had a strong connection with humans and many different trees have been planted from all over the world for different uses. There are many native trees of Birch, Ash, Hawthorne and Hazel but nowadays there also lives Douglas fir and Red Cedar to name a few. This flute is from a branch of Red Cedar that I collected one day while walking through and feeling the ancient ancestors who once lived on this land. This is a tree that is very common to North America and is one that Native Americans have been crafting flutes from for centuries. I didn’t expect to find them here but am so thankful that I have. When they are full grown they are so tall and majestic and have an incredible sweet aroma that fills the air. Their beauty is breathtaking. The land that surrounds this forest is of rolling hills and ancient farmland. The 2 most prominent birds here are the Red Kite and the Crow. The Red Kite, a bird of prey was re-introduced to these lands about 15 years ago after extinction an earlier extinction and they have made a remarkable recovery. To see them dancing in the air with the crows who are always present and gregarious is a vision that the peoples of this land from thousands of years ago would be very familiar with. This flute is in honour of the trees, birds and ancestors that are still very much a part of this land and the whole of Mother Earth. I name her Soaring Beauty in thanks and with many blessings for that which is shown to me each day in this special place.
She is in the key of A tuned to 432Hz. I use a combination of sanding, burning and polishing to create the flutes by hand which gives each of them a unique voice and wonderful smooth finish which enhances their unique natural colour patterns. The stone inlays on the body of the flute of Turquoise. The block is made of Walnut wood and is held in place with leather lace from North American Whitetail Deer hide and has eyes of crushed Pearl. The lashing at each end is artificial sinew and the blue and red lashing is of waxed cotton whipping cord. The feathers are Red Kite and Crow which I have found while walking and learning from these lands.
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