Western Red Cedar is a traditional, sacred wood. This wood is/was used by western and northwestern Indian tribes. It is a soft tone wood, somewhat easy to work, very light and produces a "Native", earthy sound. You can feel the music in the flute because it is so light. The color of Western Red Cedar can vary from cream to reddish brown depending upon the availability. All wood is hand selected for clearness and tightness of grain. The photos above are representative of the various shades. I know you will not find a Native American style flute that plays this sweetly and accurately for this price. Sure, you can go for a more expensive look, but for musical quality, this flute ranks with the best. All my years of experience go into constructing one of the best instruments you will ever own. I have finished this flute, as I do all my flutes, with an extremely durable, waterproof polyurethane. First of all, it protects the flute from moisture. The air passages will not swell after extended playing times. The finish also protects the wood from U.V. rays, strengthens the wood as well as protecting from the effects temperature changes. As with all Laughing Crow Wooden Flutes, this flute comes with a turquoise cabochon and a free felt case.