Wenge is an exotic African wood that delivers a somewhat high tone. |
There is no other wood like Wenge. The marvelously expressive grain pattern is fairly straight to slightly wavy and interconnected. The texture is coarse. Its color is dark brown with very close, fine, almost black veins.
Wenge is procured from sustainably managed or environmentally responsible sources. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that timber from Wenge is produced regularly, but exported only in low volumes.
Wenge wood is very durable and resistant to termite attack. But Wenge is always in short supply on the US market. Prices are often high due to low yield from logs because of worm infestation, supply problems, and less demand for darker woods.
So if you want some cool looking musical rhythm bones that are absolutely like no others, then grab a pair or two of Wenge.
Specific Gravity: .88 ( Strong Tone)
Density: 55 pcf (Mid Tone)
Hardness: 1630 Janka (Mid Tone)
- Solid Wenge Hardwood: Excellent for musical bones.
- Practical Design: Handcrafted by a master luthier.
- Quarter-sawn Lumber: Creates stable tone, won't warp or crack.
- Includes Instructions: Shows how to hold and play bones.
- Hand Rubbed Finish: Non-slip easy grip.
Figures are approximate (but pretty darn close)--
- Length: Short, 7" (17.8 cm)
- Length: Traditional, 7-1/2" (19.1 cm)
- Length: Classic Long, 8" (20.3 cm)
- Width: Narrow, less than 1-1/16" (27.0 mm), min 7/8" (22.2 mm)
- Width: Regular, 1-1/16" to 1-1/4" (27.0 mm to 31.8 mm)
- Width: Wide, more than 1-1/4" (31.8 mm), max 1-3/8" (34.9 mm)
- Thickness: Thin, 1/4" (6.4 mm)
- Thickness: Regular, 3/8" (9.5 mm)
- Composition: Exotic hardwood
- Camber (arc): 28 degrees
- Weight: 2.3 oz
- Color: Black and brown. (Dark roast chocolate)
- Specific Gravity: .88 ( Strong Tone)
- Density: 55 pcf (Mid Tone)
- Hardness: 1630 Janka (Mid Tone)
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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