I wonder if any denizens of Merveilles play the 尺八 (shakuhachi) or practice 吹禅 (suizen - 'blowing zen')?

A few photos of my jinashikan (natural bore, no paste inside). This was a surprise gift from my mentor, whom I met and worked beside in the Peruvian Andes.

It is very unusual - basically back-to-front: the front / top of the shakuhachi usually curves up and away from the player. This flute is the opposite. I believe the bamboo was cured for 13 years after harvest.

One day I hope to make my own.


@glyph wow, it's beautiful!

what did you do in the Andes?

@stephen Thanks! I think so too.

I volunteered at a mushroom farm for 5 months. I also spent a month riding my bicycle in the Argentinean Andes. Have you been before?

@glyph no, but that sounds amazing. I want to farm mushrooms.

@stephen It's not a glamorous life but it's incredibly fulfilling. Let me know if you ever make it to Peru and I'll introduce you to my friend Taki.

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