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Hans Weehuizen 'Old Dutch Style' Bentwood Bones
Hans Weehuizen 'Old Dutch Style' Bentwood Bones
Bone Dry Music Co. is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Hans Weehuizen bentwood bones.

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Hans Weehuizen 'Old Dutch Style' Bentwood Bones

You don't see bentwood bones every day.

Commercial products made of bent wood are few and far between. That's because special equipment and techniques are required to produce them.

The Art of Bending Wood
The woodbending process requires a bending jig plus the application of water, heat, and pressure. For most cottage industry woodcrafters, the return on investment just ain't worth the effort to produce such goods. That is why these rare bentwood products would make a very special addition to your musical bone collection.

We are certainly lucky to have two skilled woodbenders in our midst. They are Dutchmen Hans Weehuizen and his good friend Rik Homan. "Rik has a little shipyard and builds beautiful classic open boats," says Hans who lives in the picturesque coastal town of Enkhuizen in the Netherlands. The two craftsmen steam-bend their musical bones in a 'pressure-cooker' at Rik's shipbuilding shop. The shipyard is located at the tip of a small Dutch peninsula that juts into a freshwater lake that was once the Zuider Zee.

Durable Wood Made From Exotic Wenge
Wenge (pronounced: wen-gay) is a tropical tree from Africa. The heartwood is very dark, dense (specific gravity: 0.88), durable, and resistant to wet weather and termites. Its medium to coarse texture and pattern of dark brown, mostly black grain, with fine, closely spaced, very dark veins and white lines is characterized as expressive. The tree is native to Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Prices are often in the high range.

Alembic guitars of California uses the wood for custom instruments. Warwick, Gmbh of Germany uses wenge for electric bass fingerboards. The wood is also popular in woodturning because of its dimensional stability.

Two Styles
I prefer the full-size bones. Kids, or folks with smaller hands might like the Old Dutch style, which are slightly shorter and reminiscent of bones from the nautical whaling days.

Click "The Inside Story..." tab above to see how Hans and Rik make the bones.

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  • Handcrafted Wenge: Used for wood turning and instrument fingerboards.
  • Flat Design: Similar to Shooting Star bones.
  • Lustrous Finish: Keeps bones like new.
  • Durable Hardwood: Resistant to weather - and termites!

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