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Whamdiddle Bones
Handcrafted by Master Luthier with a Graduate Degree in Physics.
Largest Selection of Whamdiddle Bones on the Internet...plus those Famous Laminated Bones!

Whamdiddle Collection

Matched Pairs
We do our best to ship you matched pairs. We cannot guarantee that a pair will match. But we do make an effort to match them. No other shop does that. What's more, if you order a full set of four bones (two pairs), then we try to match both pairs. Again, there's no guarantee (because this is a teeny-tiny specialty market so our inventory, although the largest on the planet, is not large enough). Still, if you want the best chance to get a matched pair or set, then Bone Dry Music is your absolute best shot.

Why So Many Choices?
Even if you can find a shop that sells musical bones, there's no telling what you will see when you open the box. That's what sets Bone Dry Music apart from the rest. We do our best to avoid surprises when you open the box. That's why we offer you so many choices...so you have more control over what you get.

Our Goal:
Here's what we want you to say when you open the box, "Yep, that's pretty much what I was expecting."

Can't Decide Which Bones to Choose?
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Whamdiddle Classic Style Bones Whamdiddle Flat Bones Whamdiddle Minstrel-style Bones Whamdiddle Unfinished Bones
Fills the Gap Between Flat and Minstrel Style Bones
Thin flat-face design produces remarkable tonal range
Historically accurate reproduction minstrel-style bones.
Do-it-yourself Whamdiddle bones
Whamdiddle Floral Inlaid Bones Whamdiddle Bones w/Custom Inlaid Text
Handcrafted bones with traditional chip carved Chrysocolla floral inlay
Bones with a message
Handcrafted By a Master Luthier with a Graduate Degree in Physics

Whamdiddle bones are magnificent instruments. They are handcrafted from domestic and exotic hardwoods by Rick Fogel. Rick is a master luthier in Seattle, Washington who holds a master of science degree in Physics. This winning combination of top-grade material, brilliant artistry, and scientific expertise explains why Whamdiddle sound as good as they look.

Great Looks, Solid Design, Superior Tone
Take a close look at the marvelous color and fascinating wood grain of Whamdiddle bones. The standard design is less oval than minstrel style bones. The shape fits especially comfortable in your hands. But the first thing you notice when you grab a pair is their substantial heft. Even the lightweight bones feel full in your grip. Best of all, Whamdiddle bones deliver a rich full range of tones when you rattle them.

Whamdiddle Flat Bones
These are thinner than standard Whamdiddle bones and they have a flat face. The thin flat-face design enables you to produce a remarkable dynamic tonal range.

Crafted From Quartersawn Lumber, the Prime Working Stock for
Quality Musical Instruments
Why do Whamdiddle bones reveal spectacular grain patterns, warp less, and generate better tone? "Because," Rick explains, "they are made from quartersawn lumber."

Rick described the technique to me but it is a bit complex. So I looked up the term in a technical report from the U.S. Forest Service. They indeed confirm that quartersawn lumber "shrinks and swells less...splits less...and figure patterns and wavy grain are brought out more conspicuously." Another source reports that quartersawn wood "helps prevent warping and also provides the best vibration patterns acoustically." And yet another source tells us "quartersawn wood helps ensure that an instrument's sound remains as invariable as possible."

So yes, musical bones made from quartersawn lumber are decidedly prime quality instruments. But the ultimate test, of course, is to try them yourself.

Largest Selection of Whamdiddle Bones on the Internet
...plus those Famous Laminated Bones!

On this website is the largest selection of Whamdiddle bones on the internet. No other store offers you a larger choice of Whamdiddle bones that you can view and purchase by simply clicking a button.

Please note that each carefully matched pair is expertly hand-crafted, but no two pairs are exactly alike. (i.e. Some pairs might vary slightly from another in width and thickness.)


Where does Rick find the exotic, rare, and domestic species of wood for these gorgeous bones? "It's scrap wood left over from the dulcimers I make," he says. So if you see something you really like, get it now. Because when a species of Whamdiddle bones get sold out, they might be gone forever.
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Saint Louis, MO 63118-4514
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