F#m Palo Santo Flute With Inlays
Palo Santo translates literally to "Holy Stick". This wood intrigued me as it has a wonderful, sweet, musky odor. The wood and sawdust are often used as incense. One of my customers sent me a tiny piece of this wood as a gift. After lighting it for a few moments and savoring the smell as the smoke wafted up from the wood, I was immediately smitten. I knew nothing about this wood beforehand, but after that experience I knew it would make a fabulous flute, if only for the enchanting aroma. Well, as it turned out, this wood not only has as smell that just takes you away, the tone is sweet and pure. It is an extremely heavy, oily wood. I'm sure it would be nearly impossible to glue with all the oil content, but since this is a one piece instrument, the glue part is not an issue. This flute weighs in at a whopping 1 1/4 lbs. I don't think I've ever made a single flute that's this heavy.
I've put together a couple of sound samples, so you can hear how this instrument plays. It will play every note that the Native American style flute is capable of. It is one of the sweetest sounding instruments I've made. The links to the sound samples are below this paragraph. One is "dry" with no enhancement and the other has reverb added. You hear this effect on almost all the Native American flute music recorded today.
As with all Laughing Crow flutes, I guarantee your total satisfaction with this instrument. I hope you enjoy perusing the photos and listening to the wonderful tone of this instrument. This flute is also available in Am, Gm & Em as well as the F#m you see here. Just drop me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call me @ 520-322-9811 and I'll get one in the queue for you!
PS: I'm now fnishing these flutes with a Tung Oil based finish instead of the Polyurethane which is much more shiny as the flute depicted here. Your flute will have a less shiny finish unless the you specify that I "make it shiny". I'm using the Tung Oil based finish because this wood smells so nice, I hate to cover up this fragrance with the finish.
Listen to the natural room sound of this flute here.
Listen to this flute with reverb (canyon sound) here.
A short version of "Danny Boy" played with this flute.