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  Whamdiddle Butcher Block Bones

Whamdiddle Butcher Block Bones
Handcrafted from maple pin block hardwood by a master luthier with a graduate degree in Physics.


 
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  • Handcrafted Product: No two are exactly alike.
  • Thickness and length of each bone might differ slightly.
  • Style pictured: Classic Long (reg width).
  • Your item may vary from photos.

  • Welcome to the only store on the planet where you can get Whamdiddle bones in 3 lengths, 3 widths, and now - by popular demand: Whamdiddle Thin Bones.

    Whamdiddle Length
    Short: 7" (18cm)
    Traditional: 7-1/2" (19cm)
    Classic Long: 8" (20cm)

    Whamdiddle Width
    Narrow: Less than 1-1/16" (27mm), min 7/8" (22mm)
    Regular: 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (27mm to 32mm)
    Wide: More than 1-1/4" (32m), max 1-3/8" (35mm)

    Narrow Whamdiddle bones are usually around 1" (25mm) in width. Some pairs measure as little as 7/8" (22mm) wide. These bones are perfect for smaller hands or players who prefer narrow instruments.

    Regular Whamdiddle bones are around 1-1/8" (29mm) in width. Width varies from 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (32mm). They are great for most hand sizes.

    Wide Whamdiddle bones are more than 1-1/4" (32m) in width. They feel quite bulky and are usually available by special order only.

    Whamdiddle Thin 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.

    Why shop here?
    Actually, this is maple piano pin block laminate material.

    Rick tells me a full sheet runs around one-thousand dollars. He uses the material to make dulcimers. But it sure looks like butcher block doesn't it?

    This commercially manufactured wood laminate delivers a medium tone when you rattle bones made from it.

    Whamdiddle Styles


    Item# Item Name Only Qty Add
    110-11-CLR Whamdiddle Butcher Block Bones, Classic Long 8" (reg width)
    $19.97
    110-11-TR Whamdiddle Butcher Block Bones, Traditional 7-1/2" (reg width)
    $19.97
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    Features:
    • Laminated Hardwood: Excellent for musical bones.
    • Practical Design: Handcrafted by a master luthier.
    • Quarter-sawn Lumber: Creates stable tone, won't warp or crack.
    • Includes Instructions: Shows how to hold and play bones.
    • Hand Rubbed Finish: Non-slip easy grip.




    Technical Specs:
    Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
    • Length: Short, 7" (18cm)
    • Length: Traditional, 7-1/2" (19cm)
    • Length: Classic Long, 8" (20cm)
    • Width: Narrow, less than 1-1/16" (27mm), min 7/8" (22mm)
    • Width: Regular, 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (27mm to 32mm)
    • Width: Wide, more than 1-1/4" (32m), max 1-3/8" (35mm)
    • Thickness: Thin, 1/4" (6.5mm)
    • Thickness: Regular, 3/8" (9.5mm)
    • Composition: Piano pin block laminate
    • Camber (arc): 28 degrees
    • Weight: 2.6 oz
    • Color: Beige and light brown
    • Specific Gravity (approx): Unk
    • Density (approx): Unk pcf
    • Hardness (approx): Unk Janka




    The Inside Story...:
    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.

    New!
    Whamdiddle Thin 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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