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Whamdiddle English Boxwood Bones, Classic Long 8" (reg width) Unfinished

Whamdiddle Unfinished English Boxwood Bones
Do-it-yourself Whamdiddle bones.

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  • Includes FREE illustrated "How to Play the Bones" pamphlet.
  • Handcrafted Product: Your item may vary slightly from photos.

Here's what you get: One pair of unfinished bones; three sandpaper sheets; simple finishing instructions; pamphlet if you want one.

Why shop here?
Only $31.97 pair

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Product Code: 110-35-U

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Unfinished Whamdiddle English Boxwood Bones
Fun do-it-yourself project - just sand and rattle away!

Only Half the Price of Finished Bones
These unfinished bones are manufactured from English Boxwood hardwood by Rick Fogel, a master luthier with a graduate degree in Physics. His finished English Boxwood bones sell for $39.97. So finish them yourself and save eight bucks.

Finishing Instructions
  1. Sand with medium sandpaper (100 grit).
  2. Sand with fine sandpaper (150 grit).
  3. Sand with very-fine sandpaper (220 grit). (Rick scrapes them smooth in step 3 with a very sharp hunting knife instead).

  4. Your bones are now ready to play. If you want a durable protective finish, then follow additional steps below.

  5. Rub with commercial woodworking oil or paste wax such as Minwax, carnauba wax, beeswax, shellac, butcherblock oil, or other vegetable-based wood preparation. Follow manufacturer's directions or ask your local woodworking store for advice. Rick rubs Whamdiddle bones with marine spar varnish, lets them dry, and calls them done.
  6. If desired, buff for high gloss finish. Use soft rag or buffing wheel with tripoli polishing compound.
Look what you get:
insructions w/sandpaper
  • One pair of unfinished Whamdiddle bones
  • Three 2" x 5" sheets of sandpaper (medium, fine and very-fine).
  • Simple finishing instructions
Finishing wax, oil, varnish or other surface preparations not included.

English Boxwood is a hard, close-grained and heavy exotic evergreen native to England and Turkey that delivers a strong sharp tone.

This intriguing wood comes from a shrub that usually stands no higher than 3 feet at maturity and can take a century to reach a trunk diameter of 3 inches. Despite its small size, Boxwood produces extremely dense wood that is so heavy it barely floats.

Boxwood is a knotty wood noted for a creamy yellowish tan heartwood that is indistinguishable from the sapwood. The timber is a pale yellow when freshly cut, then slowly changes to a warm brownish yellow with exposure. The unusual wood exhibits a very fine uniform texture featuring a rich and satiny luster.

English Boxwood is a favorite among woodcarvers because it takes fine detail. Boxwood was widely used in 15th century Europe for engraving and printing. "English Boxwood is the king of carving stock, but rare and expensive," says one woodcarving enthusiast. "English Boxwood is...just a joy to use," says another, adding, "Boxwood is still the very nicest material I've used. Ivory comes in second."

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Whamdiddle Collection
  • Solid English Boxwood Hardwood: Excellent for musical bones.
  • Proven Shape: Designed by master luthier.
  • Quarter-sawn Lumber: Creates stable tone, won't warp or crack.
  • Includes Playing Instructions: Shows how to hold and play bones.
  • Unfinished Pre-cut, Rough Sanded Hardwood: Fun & easy do-it-yourself project.
  • Includes Sandpaper: Saves you a trip to the hardware store.

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