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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 great for women, kids and players with smaller hands (and regular hands too). But the only way to find out for sure which you like best is to try a pair of each.

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Shooting Star Vera Wood Bones Shooting Star Vera Wood 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.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Tonality

Only $25.99 pair
Shooting Star Vermillion Bones Shooting Star Vermillion Bones

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.


Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Tonality

Only $19.99 pair
Shooting Star Walnut Bones Shooting Star Walnut Bones

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

Only $19.99 pair
Shooting Star Ziricote Bones Shooting Star Ziricote Bones

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.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Tonality

Only $25.99 pair
   
 
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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.