Adam Klein Sculptured Bones|
4 Styles: Yin-Yang, Tadpole, Camel and Paddle. Can you tell which is which?
If you want to rattle works of art that save trees and preserve the environment, then Adam Klein Sculptured Bones are for you.
Ya Gotta Have Art!
Feeling creative? Try your hand at these intriguingly sculpted fine art bones. Odds are you have never seen rhythm bones like this before.
Yes, these sculptured bones are shaped a little weird. But hey - this is fine art, so that should be expected. How do you rattle them? There ain't nothing to it. See for yourself--
Adam Klein Sculptured Bones demo video. Musical segment features Grandfather's Clock and World Turned Upside Down from Songs From The Parlor. Also
Boatman's Dance, Circus Jig, Briggs Breakdown and Cripple Creek from Play 'Dat' Banjar.
As you can see from the video, there's all kinds of ways to make these art bones click. That's the fun of it! So grab some sculptured bones and fire up your own creative rhythmic imagination. And don't be shy about posting your own YouTube video response. We'd all love to see something new!
I cut corners and recorded all 4 sculptured bones demos in a rush on a single video take with little preparation. So the video and bones performance is pretty much a hack job. That is why this demo is unlisted on YouTube. It can only be viewed here or if you have the link. Still, the demo does give a fair idea what you can do with these unusual sculptured instruments
Handcrafted from Recycled Timber
The wood for these sculptured art bones was reclaimed from, uh...well, I am not exactly sure. But Adam is something of an environmental zealot. He does not buy exotic wood "unless it's scrap that otherwise would have been thrown out or burned." So you can bet your bippy that he tracked down this wood from an environmentally correct source.
Order a pair today and do your part to create musical art while conserving natural resources!
- Reclaimed Hardwood: Handcrafted from recycled wood.
- Hand Signed & Dated: Quality product branded with India ink.
- Experimental Sculptured Design: Be the first on your block to rattle sculptured fine art.
- Includes illustrated fold-out instructions: Explains grip, motion, advanced techniques, care of bones.
- Environmentally friendly product: Made from reclaimed, organically grown or sustainably managed timber.
- Hand Rubbed Tung Oil or Boiled Linseed Oil Finish: Protects the wood, keeps bones looking good.
Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
- Length: 7-1/2"
- Width: 1" to 1-1/4"
- Paddle Width: Widest width, 2"
- Thickness: Paddle Bones, 3/8"
- Thickness: Other styles sculpted to varying thicknesses.
- Composition: Reclaimed cherry or maple
- Camber (arc): 28 degrees
- Weight: 2.5 to 3.8 oz
- Color, Cherry: Light Reddish Brown (creamy caramel ripple)
- Color, Maple: Light to dark creamed coffee
- Finish Coat: Non-toxic tung oil or boiled linseed oil
- Specific Gravity, Cherry: .54 (Milder Tone)
- Density, Cherry: 36 pcf (Milder Tone)
- Hardness, Cherry: 950 Janka (Duller Tone)
- Specific Gravity, Maple: .54 (Milder Tone)
- Density, Maple: 45 pcf (Mild Tone)
- Hardness, Maple: 1450 Janka (Dull Tone)
The Inside Story...:
Hand Sculptured Environmentally Green Musical Instruments
Adam Klein Bones are a combination of fine art, environmental consciousness and functional musical instrument design. These bones are sculpted by an artist who enjoys making musical bones in various shapes and sizes. The wood for his instruments comes from reclaimed, organically grown or sustainably managed timber. The curved tapered bones "have been my standard shape since about 2002," he says. Another factor that sets Adam's hand sculptured musical bones apart from the rest is the care he takes in cutting the wood blank. "I try to get the grain to run parallel to the shape," he reveals.
Hand Signed Bones with a Secret Code
Each bone is signed by hand in a way that lets you know which bone is which - if you know the secret!
Mozart was fond of writing backwards. So is Adam Klein. Observant customers will notice the written label at the end of one pair of Adam Klein bones is written from left to right. The other bone's label is written from right to left. In other words, the writing on one bone is normal - the other is backwards.
Yes...this might seem a little odd. But after all, Adam is an opera singer by trade, and thus a tad eccentric (as is my mezzo-soprano sister-in-law). However, the left & right writing does serve a practical purpose. Because if you want to know which bone is which - all you have to do is look at the ends.
Easy to Keep these Bones in their Place
If it matters to you which bone is which, then "you can distinguish them more easily by the different direction of the signatures," says Adam. Here is my recommendation if you want to know which bone is which: Just keep the backward bone closest to your thumb (this is the "anvil" or stationary bone). That way you can read at least one of the bones. Otherwise, if the anvil bone is the normal bone, then you cannot read either bone because the text on one is backward and the other is upside down.
Does all this sound confusing? Yes, it does. So some players will notch the bones instead. And other players won't care which bone is which. But in any event, you will own a pair of uniquely hand signed bones with a special secret code.
What possessed Adam to label one bone backwards?
Here's the story:
"The right-to-left signature on one of each pair stems from my being a lefty," explains Adam. "And several years ago," he continues, "I started signing opera posters for donors and such right to left, just to make them think." Well, everyone knows that bone players are extremely intelligent beings. So Adam decided to do the same thing with the bones. And here we are.
Elegant Design and Finish
The design is quite elegant. And the extra fine finish gives your instruments the deepest most opalescent finish I have ever seen on wooden bones.
Who is Adam Klein?
Adam Klein is an eclectic and environmentally conscious person who sings opera, plays and makes banjos, dulcimers and various other stringed things. He also crafts wind instruments, drums, and of course, rhythm bones. "I use recycled and rescued material whenever possible," says the habitatually responsible luthier.
Adam also teaches photography, carpentry, woodcrafting, "raw" food and other culinary curiosities including how to make tofu actually taste like something.
He has composed two operas: Leithian, based on The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien; And a children's opera, Goldie Locks And The Three Bears, featuring acoustic tunes and traditional songs.
Adam speaks (or sings) several dialects of English and is familiar with French, Italian, German, Russian and some Czech. He is acquiring a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese, Tuvan and Japanese and hopes to add Mandinka to the list.
He has taught hundreds of people how to play the bones and especially enjoys teaching school children. "Bones are an excellent inroad into the world of musical performance," says Adam, "and a good way to get kids to learn about rhythm because they are so cool."