Nov 08, 2013
A few days ago I bought a Native American flute in Stuart. It's made of sassafras and black walnut with a dragon blood stone. I ordered a "how to play" book that should arrive in a few days. (See picture below) I haven't played a flute since high school and when I graduated I sold it for $75 to pay for the Port Huron Junior College tuition. And believe it or not, this handmade native American flute was marked down to $75 from $135. It was obviously meant to be! The instrument is carved from the sassafras tree. In the fall the crushed leaves of the tree have wine and red fall colors, similar to the red and sugar maples. The leaves have one of the most unique aromas in the Eastern forest. In the spring, young leaves are dried and powdered to thicken creole and soups and stews called file' gumbo and the bark of the root makes an excellent tea. The dragon blood stone features mottled green colors mixed with splashes of blood red tones. It is mined only in western Australia. The local legend that surrounds this gemstone says that it is the remains of ancient dragons long dead. The green mottles represent the dragon's scales and the red matrix represents spatters of blood. It is said that this gemstone increases strength, courage and vitality. I hope to learn quickly how to make it sound worthy of being in my possession.