Joe Birl Patented Solid Maple Rhythm Bones
Joe Birl is famous among bones players for his plastic molded rhythm bones with the patented grooves (U.S. patent no. 2436283). The finger groove makes the bones more comfortable to hold. I learned to play on a pair of Joe Birl plastic Rhythm Bones 20+ years ago. Unfortunately, the mold broke, so the plastic bones are no longer in production.
But now you can get a pair of Joe Birl wooden bones with a natural finish.
Easy to Grip and Don't Slip
Joe Birl Bones are great for new players. They feature a patented notch that makes them easier to grip and prevents them from slipping. So if you ever wanted to try "rattlin' the bones," then these are a good choice to get yourself started.
They are essentially minstrel style bones with a handy finger notch. As one customer puts it, "The Birl notch is like training wheels for the bones." And that describes them perfectly. I do consider Joe Birl Bones toy-like. After all, these are the bones with Joe's patented "easy grip" grooves. Well, my first set was a pair of Joe Birl bones - and I eventually developed into a skilled player. No, I do not play them much anymore. But my good friend Spike Bones is an expert player who absolutely adores them.
Why Choose these Bones?
I think most experienced players would want the natural maple version as give-away bones and the black version as a collector's item. But if you are new to the ancient art of musical bones playing (or if you want the perfect bones to help a favorite new player get started), then these Joe Birl Wooden Rhythm Bones with the natural maple finish are just right for you.
Spike Bones demonstrates Joe Birl Wooden Rhythm Bones
Watch Spike Bones play his Joe Birl Rhythm Bones in this 2008 promotional video for Bones Fest XII in Saint Louis, Missouri. (4:03). Video produced by the University of Missouri Saint Louis Media Department.