"My love's an arbutus"Alfred Perceval Graves
Arbutus has a distinctive reddish bark; the best arbutus wood comes from the most rugged of the trees because they create the densest wood in their fight to survive the harsh climate and tough terrain, growing mostly on craggy bluffs and heights in the Pacific Northwest. Arbutus wood darkens in colour from a creamy white to a light reddish brown but you can find deep dark red patches, almost black, that is as hard as some of the hardest woods in the world. The combination of a wide range of colour and exciting grain patterns yield a wood of infinite variety to woodworking.
F Arbutus modified Native American Flute with bonded Ebony block/Purpleheart mouthpiece.