The High Spirits Crow Flute in the key of "G" minor is crafted from ebonized, domestic walnut, a hardwood, and inlaid with turquoise cabochons which add to the natural beauty of the flute and enhance the functional art quality of the instrument. The woodenflute is sealed with non-toxic oils which give it a clear, bright voice.
Ebonizing is a process used in the early 1900s. Even though the ebony wood was already rare and costly, ebony furniture was popular at that time. To compensate for that, wood workers developed a dyeing process called ebonizing. Unlike a stain, the dyeing process penetrates the wood fiber deeply. Walnut is ideal for this process because it has a dark brown grain that streaks through the black dye giving it a similar look to ebony. We have found that this process slightly enhances the sound quality of the wood.