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Whamdiddle Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones, Unfinished

Whamdiddle Unfinished Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones
Do-it-yourself Whamdiddle bones.


 
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  • Historically accurate minstrel-style bones.
  • Design reproduced from vintage instruments.
  • Ideal for living history minstrel band performers.
  • Perfect for Civil War reenactors jamming around the camp fire.
  • Superb design delivers remarkable range of tones.
  • Fits comfortably in all hands, large or small.
  • Made by master luthier.
  • Handcrafted Product: No two are exactly alike.
  • Your item may vary from photos.
  • Thickness and length of each bone might differ slightly.
  • Budget priced.
Only $37.97 pair

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Unfinished Whamdiddle Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones
Fun do-it-yourself project - just sand and rattle away!


Save 8 Bucks off the Price of Finished Bones!
These unfinished bones are manufactured from rare exotic African Blackwood Bones hardwood by Rick Fogel, a master luthier with a graduate degree in Physics. His finished Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones bones sell for $45.97. 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.

African Blackwood is a dark heavy rare exotic rosewood favored by many wind instrument makers over ebony. The tree is native to Africa and delivers a strong powerful tone.

Like ebony, blackwood is quite hard and extremely dense and quickly dulls saw blades. Its oily nature and high tolerance to climate changes make blackwood a good instrument wood for bone players and all musicians.

African blackwood grows throughout central Africa. The tree is also reported to grow in western India. Since the reported specific gravity is 1.0 (same as water) I tossed a pair into a bucket of water, and sure enough, they sank.

Almost Like Ebony
The wood of choice for Mister Bones during the Minstrel era was ebony. Today, however, few woodcrafters will produce ebony bones because the cost of the wood is sky high, the wood is extremely difficult to work, and ebony dust causes painful allergic reactions.

So what is a living-history minstrel performer supposed to do? Although technically a rosewood, about the closest thing you will find to the look and feel of ebony is African Blackwood. So if you value the joy and pride of working your own musical instruments from historically accurate designs, then these unfinished Minstrel-style African Blackwood bones are for you.


Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Features
  • Solid African Blackwood 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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