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Shooting Star Bones
Hand-made, easily played...since 1983
Examine the World's Largest Selection of Shooting Star Bones...plus those colorful star-studded Bone Bags!

Environmentally Friendly
Shooting Star Bones are made only from non-endangered, sustainably harvested woods specially selected for beauty and tone quality.

Narrow Widths for Smaller Hands
Check out our growing collection of Shooting Star Bones in narrow widths. They are preferred by women, kids - and all players with smaller hands.

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Shooting Star Bocote Bones Shooting Star Bubinga Bones Shooting Star Canarywood Bones Shooting Star Chechem Bones
Bocote is a stiff medium weight exotic wood from the American tropics that delivers a powerful yet surprisingly warm tone.

Bocote is a fairly oily wood highly prized for its dramatic wild figuring. The bold dark streaks sometimes form concentric circles which give Bocote its defining look and distinctive appearance. The wood is quite resistant to decay and insect attack.

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Bubinga is a heavy and dense exotic wood from equatorial Africa that delivers a powerful rich tone.

Bubinga is known for its deep brownish-red color and dramatic highlights that resemble rosewood - and is often selected as a less expensive alternative. The tree is highly resistant to termite attack and thrives in swamps, riverbeds, lakes and marshes where it is culled from large dense logs weighing up to 10 tons each.

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Canary Wood is a strong exotic wood from Panama to Southern Brazil that because of its stiffness delivers a medium high tone.

Canary Wood offers excellent acoustical properties for musical instruments and loudspeaker enclosures. It is a hard, heavy and strong material well suited for hand-held musical instruments because it is impervious to liquids and rated highly resistant to attacks from decay, fungi and insects.

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Chechem (pronounced "chay-CHEM") is a hard, dense wood from Mexico, Central America and the British West Indies with an unusually moderate specific gravity that produces a surprisingly lower tone than you might expect.

Chechem (aka Black Poison Wood) is very hard and dense and resistant to wear. It is often used as a substitute for Brazilian rosewood. The bark of the tree secretes a caustic sap that can cause a painful rash like poison ivy.


Shooting Star Chechem Bones demo video. Musical segment features Darling Nelly Gray from Songs From The Parlor.

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Shooting Star Cherry Bones Shooting Star Cocobolo Bones Shooting Star Goncalo Alves Bones Shooting Star Granadillo Bones
Shooting Star Cocobolo Bones
Only $25.97 pair

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Cherry is a moderately heavy, strong, stiff wood from the Appalachian Mountains that delivers a mild to medium tone.

Cherry is one of the most sought after hardwoods among fine woodworkers because of its smooth uniform texture, medium weight and hardness. This premium reddish-brown American hardwood turns darker and more rich as it ages. It is prized for its natural luster, attractive grain, and sumptuous warm glow.

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Cocobolo is a luxurious exotic wood that delivers a remarkably powerful low tone.

Cocobolo ranks high among my favorite musical woods because of the rich full tone they produce. The material is quite hard and dense, and even a large block will produce a clear musical tone when struck. Its fine texture and oily look and feel stand up well to repeated handling.

This beautiful hardwood from Central America is typically orange or reddish-brown in color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood.

Only relatively small amounts of this prized wood reach the world market which explains why it is so expensive.

Cocobolo is highly favored for fine inlay work, knife handles, musical instruments, pistol grips, veneers, bowls, jewelry boxes, and other expensive specialty items. It is also used in making luxury pens, and has been used as a ballast wood in ships.

Cocobolo wood has a specific gravity of over 1.0, hence it will sink in water.

Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
Width: 7/8" to 1-3/8"
Specific Gravity: 1.10

Density: 68 pcf
Hardness: 1136 Janka

More details coming soon. Granadillo is a rare exotic wood from Mexico, Central and South America that delivers a strong dull tone.

The wood is dense, tough, exceptionally heavy (it sinks in water) and exhibits a straight grain. Occasional light blonde sapwood is less dense and contrasts beautifully with heartwood. Several resources describe granadillo as "a closely related cousin" to cocobolo. The Ellis acoustic guitar company reports that "Granadillo has a ringing, bright tap tone."


Shooting Star Granadillo Bones demo video. Musical segment features Champagne Charlie from Searching for Frank.

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Shooting Star Lacewood Bones Shooting Star Maple Bones Shooting Star Mexican Kingwood Bones Shooting Star Oak Bones
Shooting Star Oak Bones
Only $15.97 pair
Lacewood is a hard porous exotic wood native to eastern Australia that delivers a milder tone.

Lacewood is characterized by conspicuous iridescent flecking that resemble "lace" patterns. The beautiful pink, red, and golden patterns appear even more prominently when the wood is expertly quartersawn.

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Maple is a popular domestic wood that delivers a magnificent medium soft low tone.

The wood is a uniformly pale reddish brown to light tan. It has a fine uniform texture and is very strong and hard with close grain. Because of its strength and stiffness, it ranks as one of the more valuable hardwoods.

The wood has a very fine and even texture, and the grain is typically straight, but it can also be curly or wavy. The wood is described as close-grained and subdued, sometimes with decorative figuring including, bird's eye, maple burl, blistered, leaf, and fiddleback.

Many players, including myself, prefer maple because of its comfortable grip and heft, and for the nice warm tone it generates.
Mexican Kingwood is a hard and heavy extremely rare exotic wood from Mexico that delivers a strong sharp tone.

Mexican Kingwood is a beautiful true rosewood rich with vivid color. It is related to Brazilian Kingwood. Although related to Brazilian Kingwood, the colors in Mexican Kingwood are more intense and the grain is greatly demarcated. This rare dense wood is milled from extraordinarily small logs. No two boards are alike.


Shooting Star Mexican Kingwood demo video. Musical segment features Redwing from Play Dat Banjar.

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Oak is a somewhat heavy dense domestic wood that delivers a medium low tone.

The wood is pinkish to light reddish brown or light brown. The wood may also show a pronounced tan color. The grain is usually straight and open.

Quartersawn boards often have a flake pattern which is sometimes referred to as tiger rays or butterflies. Grain and color variation is usually pronounced and dependent upon the origin of the wood and growing season.

A select few Shooting Star Oak bones might have served a higher purpose in a former life. Crafted from spiffy distressed wood, these come festooned with funky little boreholes - all yours at no extra charge.


Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
Width: 7/8" to 1-3/8"
Specific Gravity: .68

Density: 53 pcf
Hardness: 1360 Janka
Shooting Star Osage Orange Bones Shooting Star Peroba Rosa Bones Shooting Star Primavera Bones Shooting Star Purple Heart Bones
More details coming soon. More details coming soon. More details coming soon. Purpleheart is a rare exotic wood that delivers a medium high tone.

This intriguing wood is dull brown when freshly cut, then rapidly changes to a bright, vibrant purple. Exposure to air darkens the wood to a dark-purplish brown, eventually turning it dark brown.

Purpleheart has a medium to fine texture and exhibits a medium to high luster. The grain is typically straight, although sometimes it is wavy, interlocked, or irregular.


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Shooting Star Rosewood Bones Shooting Star Satinwood Bones Shooting Star Shedua Bones Shooting Star Tulipwood Bones
Rosewood is a rare exotic heavy dense wood that delivers a high sharp tone.

It varies in color from shades of brown to red or chocolate to violet, and is irregularly streaked with black. The grain is typically straight, but occasionally wavy. Its texture is medium to rather coarse and the wood has large pores that are quite irregular in size and position. The surface is slightly oily or waxy in appearance, somewhat gritty to the touch, and very resistant to decay and insect attack.

When cut, rosewood releases a fragrant aroma similar to roses. The fragrance has also been reported when the wood is burned (but you are wise not to mention this aspect to your detractors). Rosewood has a distinctive taste, I am told - and I will just take their word for it.

None of the charts I found rated rosewood with a specific gravity greater than 1.0. This surprised me as rosewood is a very hard and dense wood. So I tossed a pair of Shooting Star Rosewood bones into a tub of water to see what happens. As I expected, they sank. So regardless of what the rating below says, the specific gravity of this truly hard dense wood is more than 1.0.

Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
Width: 7/8" to 1-3/8" depending on stock
Specific Gravity: .96

Density: 60 pcf
Hardness: 2720 Janka
More details coming soon. Shedua is an exotic wood from Africa that delivers a rich mild tone.

Shedua is related to bubinga, a popular exotic wood for rhythm bones, which is well known for its luxury timbers.

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Tulipwood is a rare exotic wood that delivers a high somewhat sharp tone.

Another of the true rosewoods, tulipwood is hard and heavy and takes an excellent lustre when polished. It has a pleasing fragrance when milled. Its handsome color displays irregular wide striped shades of darker pink and violet on a pinkish yellow straw-colored background.

Native to tropical South America, especially northeastern Brazil, Tulipwood trees do not grow very large. Indeed, it is rare to find boards more than 4" wide and 3 feet long.

Tulipwood is a rare find in quartersawn stock, which makes special products such as these Shooting Star Tulipwood Bones all the more desirable.


Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
Width: 7/8" to 1-3/8"
Specific Gravity: .96

Density: 60 pcf
Hardness: 2500 Janka
Shooting Star Vera Wood Bones Shooting Star Vermillion Bones Shooting Star Walnut Bones Shooting Star Ziricote Bones
Vera Wood is a rare exotic wood from South America that delivers a strong sharp tone.

Vera Wood is a "cousin" of Lignum Vitae, the world's hardest and densest wood. Vera Wood is amazingly waxy which makes it impervious to skin secretions. And it is a super strong wood that can take a great amount of physical abuse. That's the perfect combination for a serious bone rattler. So if you long for Lignum Vitae but are watching your pennies, then this Poor Man's Ironwood is for you.

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Vermillion (aka Padauk) is a very durable exotic wood from central and tropical west Africa that delivers a highly resonant medium tone.

Padauk (aka African Padauk, aka Vermillion) is a heavy dense wood that resists dents well and is very resistant to termites.

Padauk offers excellent acoustical properties for musical instruments. It is well suited for hand-held musical instruments due to its exceptional resonance and dimensional stability.


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Walnut is a fine domestic wood that delivers a warm spunky low tone.

My first pair of wooden bones were walnut. They produced a relatively warm tone and were heavy enough to provide the kinetic force I needed to make them click with ease. The wood is pleasing to the touch and the mellow sound is perfect under many situations. An excellent choice for both new and experienced players.

Walnut wood is warm and inviting. The color varies from light grayish brown to deep chocolate brown to an almost black purplish brown. The grain is slightly open and usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. The texture is somewhat coarse but uniform. The surface is generally dull, but it may develop a lustrous patina after years of use.

Fine woodworkers enjoy working this chocolate colored wood that emits a pleasingly distinctive aroma.

A select few Shooting Star Walnut bones might have served a higher purpose in a former life. Crafted from spiffy distressed wood, they produce a brighter tone and come festooned with funky little boreholes - all yours at no extra charge.


Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
Width: 7/8" to 1-3/8"
Specific Gravity: .59

Density: 40 pcf
Hardness: 1010 Janka
Ziricote is a rare exotic wood from Central and tropical South America that delivers a powerful medium-sharp tone.

Ziricote is a hard, heavy and highly durable wood with a lustrous surface that makes it a natural for handheld musical instruments. It is valued as a superior musical instrument lumber and used for premium acoustic guitars. What's more, the wood has about the closest grain resemblance to Brazilian Rosewood of any lumber although the color is darker and lacking the reds and oranges.

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Hand-made, easily played...since 1983

I discovered Shooting Star bones in 2003. The place was Bones Fest VII, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky that year. Since then, Shooting Star bones have held a special place among my very favorite instruments.

I vividly recall the first time I tried a pair of Shooting Star bones. Fellow Rhythm Bones Society member Mike Ballard (of San Diego, California) and I were talking about bones in the jam session room when he handed me a pair of Shooting Star bones and said, "Try these." Not only did those bones play extraordinarily well, but the wide width was different from so many other bones I have seen. Fact is, this difference is what distinguishes Shooting Star bones from their competition.

Eventually I bought a few sets. The main reason I favor wide Shooting Stars is because they can produce an amazing dynamic tonal range. This helped me win the 2004 bones contest sponsored by the National Traditional Country Music Association. (The contest is regarded by leading players as the world championship.)


Get the Exact Width You Want
No other store lets you order Shooting Star bones by width. Width varies from batch to batch, but if you are looking to match that old pair of bones, or if you simply want to know what width you are getting, then you have come to the right place.

Every now and then you will hear a Shooting Star owner grumble, "Gosh-darn it, you never know what size Shooting Star bones a music store will send you." Fact is, sometimes a store will send you one-inch Shooting Stars. Or sometimes it's one-inch-and-a-quarter. Order two pairs and they might send you two (or even three) different sizes. I know, because I've been there. So I feel your pain. So what is a bone player supposed to do? The answer is easy. Just get your Shooting Star bones here. We are the only store that meets your match. Yes, we sell Shooting Star bones by exact width size.

Narrow (7/8", 1")
Narrow Shooting Star bones deliver a remarkable tonal range for their size. These bones are perfect for kids, people with small hands, and anyone who enjoys the traditional American (aka minstrel one-finger) style of playing.

Wide (1-1/8", 1-3/16, 1-1/4", 1-5/16", 1-3/8")
These are my favorite Shooting Star bones. If you prefer the Irish (aka European two-finger) style of playing (as I do), then you will love these wide classic bones because they enable you to produce a remarkable tonal range. Not sure which size to get? For me, wider is better.

World's Largest Selection of Wide Shooting Star Bones

Shooting Star no longer makes wide bones on a regular basis. They only produce wide bones by special order - and at a premium price. So congratulations, you have found the only store that offers the entire line of wide Shooting Star bones.

Natural Nontoxic Finish
Shooting Star bones are finished with a wholesome nut-based oil that's safe for you, the dog and your kids. The elastic bands that keep pairs together sometimes absorb the oil and might leave a mark. To replenish the color, simply remove the band and rub the spot to spread the oil, or just dab with a drop or two of vegetable oil.

How Shooting Star Bones Were Born
The idea for Shooting Star bones was conceived in the early 1980s. The place was an English Country dance troupe where Mardeen and Randy Gordon performed at the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California. (Ren faire aficionados will note that this is the original renaissance faire.)

"I made myself a pair," recalls Mardeen, "and promptly sold them to another faire participant." Happily, folks loved the bones and sales were brisk. "Every pair I made for myself was soon snapped up, so I decided to start making them and bringing them every weekend...before I knew it, a new business was born."

Like many of us, Mardeen and Randy enjoy passing along the art of bone playing. Through the years this "star-gazed" couple have helped untold numbers of folks learn to play the bones. "We operated our own booth at the Faire," says Mardeen, "and taught hundreds of people to rattle their bones between dancing performances."

But that was 25 years ago. Now Mardeen and Randy are out of the ren faire circuit. They have sold thousands of Shooting Star bones and still fill orders for your favorite traditional music stores - like Bone Dry Musical Instrument Company - all across the U.S.
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3916 Iowa Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63118-4514
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