Red Mallee Burl F#m Flute
One of my more outstanding pieces. This flute is made from Red Mallee Burl, sometimes known as Red Gum Eucalyptus from Australia. The accents are Buckeye Burl from the Northwest USA and Mun (pronounced "moon") Ebony from Southeast Asia. As with most burls, there are some voids which have been filled with crushed turquoise. The top is inlaid with a decorative wood strip of various colors as well as two Turquoise cabochons. Finding a piece of burl this long and this solid is not easy, but well worth the effort.
The term mallee (pronounced by locals as "molly") refers to a species’ general growth form. Usually smaller and shorter than trees, mallees grow multiple smaller-diameter stems from a common root system. Because of this, most mallee species are not suited for lumber, though they do have a propensity for burl growths that can be harvested and used for turning and other small specialty projects. This species normally grows along the banks of billabongs and rivers.
Not only is this instrument a fine work of art, but an exceptional flute, as well. The tone is big, rich and strong. It plays the extended scale well, too. You can listen to examples of this instrument below. Also, more detailed pictures follow.
Listen to sound samples of this Red Mallee Burl F#m flute here:
Natural "dry" sound of this flute with no enhancement
Reverb electronically added to the sample of this flute for the "Canyon" sound.