Spalted Mandarin F#m Flute
The Spalted Mandarin has been favored by several of my customers. It truly is a unusual wood. This particular piece had some voids that were not apparent until I began working with the wood. There was a grub inside that feasted on some of this wood before it was harvested from the orchard floor in Cambodia. I filled most of the voids with a crushed Turquoise and epoxy mixture. A couple of the voids are filled with epoxy only. You can see close ups of the fills in photos below.
The accents are Red Mallee Burl from Australia and Mun Ebony, also from Southeast Asia. The coloration of the wood is natural and unique. Even though this piece is spalted and has voids that have been filled, it is a solid piece with a good strong tone. It plays very well with a full, clear voice. You can listen for yourself by clicking on the links below.
Listen to this flute here.
Listen to this flute with reverb (canyon sound) here.