This unique hand carved treasure is actually an owl whistle! Listening to the hooting of an owl on a summer's night is an enchanting experience! Their soundless flight and large eyes have inspired mystical tales in native people all over the world. Close your lips around the flute-like opening in the back of the head and blow your favorite hooting rhythm. Try it in the outdoors and perhaps you'll get an answer. Each owl is carefully hand carved and kiln dried. No chemicals have been used in the finishing process. I do not use varnishes because they come off when the instrument is played. If you prefer a finish, you might use lemon oil, olive oil or mineral oil. Wood carving is a cottage industry in Thailand, using monkey-pod or jackfruit wood. The fast growing tropical trees are harvested after they no longer bear fruit. New trees are planted in their place to guarantee a sustainable harvest. Hand carved in Thailand, this wonderful whistle measures 5 inches high by about 3 inches wide. Photo is representative, as each piece is unique. Comes with handmade paper gift box as shown. Non-returnable for sanitary reasons.