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Whamdiddle Oak Bones, Unfinished

Whamdiddle Unfinished Oak Bones
Do-it-yourself Whamdiddle bones.

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  • FREE illustrated instruction pamphlet packed with each shipment: If you want more pamphlets (for example, 3 pamphlets or no pamphlets), then just enter "3 pamphlets" or "0 pamphlets" in the Order Comments text box during checkout (step #4).
  • Handcrafted Product: No two are exactly alike.
  • Thickness and length of each bone might differ slightly.
  • Style pictured: Classic Long (reg width).
  • Your item may vary from photos.

  • Welcome to the only store on the planet where you can get Whamdiddle bones in 3 lengths, 3 widths, and now - by popular demand: Whamdiddle Thin Bones.

    Whamdiddle Length
    Short: 7" (18cm)
    Traditional: 7-1/2" (19cm)
    Classic Long: 8" (20cm)

    Whamdiddle Width
    Narrow: Less than 1-1/16" (27mm), min 7/8" (22mm)
    Regular: 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (27mm to 32mm)
    Wide: More than 1-1/4" (32m), max 1-3/8" (35mm)

    Narrow Whamdiddle bones are usually around 1" (25mm) in width. Some pairs measure as little as 7/8" (22mm) wide. These bones are perfect for smaller hands or players who prefer narrow instruments.

    Regular Whamdiddle bones are around 1-1/8" (29mm) in width. Width varies from 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (32mm). They are great for most hand sizes.

    Wide Whamdiddle bones are more than 1-1/4" (32m) in width. They feel quite bulky and are usually available by special order only.

    Whamdiddle Thin Bones
    These are thinner than standard Whamdiddle bones and they have a flat face. The thin flat-face design enables you to produce a remarkable dynamic tonal range.

    Why shop here?
    Unfinished Whamdiddle Oak Bones
    Fun do-it-yourself project - just sand and rattle away!

    Only Half the Price of Finished Bones
    These unfinished bones are manufactured from oak hardwood by Rick Fogel, a master luthier with a graduate degree in Physics. His finished oak bones sell for $15.97. 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.

    Oak is a somewhat heavy dense domestic wood that delivers a medium low tone.
    The wood is pinkish to light reddish brown or light brown. The wood may also show a pronounced tan color. The grain is usually straight and open.

    Quartersawn boards often have a flake pattern which is sometimes referred to as tiger rays or butterflies. Grain and color variation is usually pronounced and dependent upon the origin of the wood and growing season.

    Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
    Width: 1" to 1-1/4"
    Specific Gravity: .68

    Density: 53 pcf
    Hardness: 1360 Janka

    Whamdiddle Collection

    Item# Item Name Only Qty Add
    110-18-CLR-U Whamdiddle Oak Bones, Classic Long: 8" (reg width), Unfinished
    110-18-TR-U Whamdiddle Oak Bones, Traditional: 7-1/2" (reg width), Unfinished
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    • Solid Oak 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.

    Technical Specs:
    Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
    • Length: 8"
    • Width: 1" to 1-1/4"
    • Thickness: 1/4" to 3/8"
    • Composition: Domestic hardwood
    • Camber (arc): 28 degrees
    • Weight: 2.5 oz
    • Color: Beige
    • Specific Gravity: .68
    • Density: 53 pcf
    • Hardness: 1360 Janka
    • Sandpaper: Medium (100), Fine (150) and Very-fine (220)

    The Inside Story...:
    Handcrafted By a Master Luthier with a Graduate Degree in Physics

    Whamdiddle bones are magnificent instruments. They are handcrafted from domestic and exotic hardwoods by Rick Fogel. Rick is a master luthier in Seattle, Washington who holds a master of science degree in Physics. This winning combination of top-grade material, brilliant artistry, and scientific expertise explains why Whamdiddle sound as good as they look.

    Great Looks, Solid Design, Superior Tone
    Take a close look at the marvelous color and fascinating wood grain of Whamdiddle bones. That gorgeous appearance comes from quartersawn wood, so the look is no accident.

    The designs are special too. For example, the Whamdiddle Classic Style is less oval than minstrel style bones, yet rounder than flat style bones. This unique design bridges the gap between minstrel and flat styles. You can expect the Classic Style shape to fit especially comfortable in your hands. After all, the design has stood the test of time for more than 40 years. But the first thing you notice when you grab a pair is their substantial heft. Even the lightweight Classic Style bones feel full in your grip.

    On the other side of the spectrum are Whamdiddle Flat Style bones. Not only are they agile and thin, but they fit any size hand and deliver a remarkably dynamic range of tones.

    Whamdiddle Minstrel Style bones are a blast from the past—perfect for living-history musicians who demand authentic reproduction instruments.

    But no matter what style you choose, Whamdiddle bones deliver a rich full range of tones that make you proud to rattle them.

    Crafted From Quartersawn Lumber, the Prime Working Stock for
    Quality Musical Instruments
    Why do Whamdiddle bones reveal spectacular grain patterns, warp less, and generate better tone? "Because," Rick explains, "they are made from quartersawn lumber."

    Rick described the technique to me but it is a bit complex. So I looked up the term in a technical report from the U.S. Forest Service. They indeed confirm that quartersawn lumber "shrinks and swells less...splits less...and figure patterns and wavy grain are brought out more conspicuously." Another expert source reports that quartersawn wood "helps prevent warping and also provides the best vibration patterns acoustically." And yet another authority tells us "quartersawn wood helps ensure that an instrument's sound remains as invariable as possible."

    So yes, musical bones made from quartersawn lumber are decidedly prime quality instruments. But the ultimate test, of course, is to try them yourself.

    Largest Selection of Whamdiddle Bones on the Planet...plus those Famous Laminated Bones.
    Welcome to the largest selection of Whamdiddle bones on Earth! No other store offers you a larger choice of Whamdiddle bones. In fact, most of the Whamdiddle bones we offer are designed exclusively for Bone Dry Music and available no place else in the universe.

    Please note that each carefully matched pair is expertly hand-crafted, but no two pairs are exactly alike. (i.e. Some pairs might vary slightly from another in length, width and thickness.)

    Where does Rick find the exotic, rare, and domestic species of wood for these gorgeous bones? "It's scrap wood left over from the dulcimers I make," he says. So if you see something you really like, get it now. Because when a species of Whamdiddle bones get sold out, they might be gone forever.

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