These bones have all been made by me in my workshop in North Essex. They are made one pair at a time and are finished to a very high standard, with oil, shellac and finally a few coats of wax. This prevents sweat and grime from getting into the wood and should keep them looking good for many years to come. These bones are 20cm long, with a perfectly even curve along the length. They are slightly thinner at the top and also taper slightly, meaning that they are easier to hold in the hand but still have a substantial amount of width and thickness at the bottom. 

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English Walnut-Juglans regia

Walnut is not as dense or close grained as the other woods I use and as a result the tone is a little less sharp, slightly woodier.

The walnut used to make these bones came from the workshop of a now retired cabinetmaker in Saffron Walden. He'd had it for years and tells me that it had come from a large tree that came down near the village of Seward's End, 5 miiles from my own workshop.

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American Cherry-Prunus serotina

Cherry is a good wood for bones. It is not particularly dense but is fairly close grained and so is nice and loud and is a good compromise between the duller walnut and the bright yew. It has a rich reddish colour and finishes very nicely. 

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English Yew-Taxus baccata

Yew is possibly my favourite of the lot. It is technically a softwood but unlike most softwoods (pine, fir etc.) is dense and very close-grained. Once finshed, it takes on an almost glassy texture and has a very bright tone. It's rich orange colour and highly contrasted grain make it a very attractive wood indeed. Yew has been prized by instrument makers for years, and after a decline in popularity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, luthiers are starting to use it more and more as an alternative to the exotic hardwoods that have dominated in more recent times. Be warned, It will pick up dents and scratches more readily than other woods. 

This yew came from the same cabinetmaker as the walnut. He says he picked it up many years ago from a timbermerchant outside of Bury St. Edmunds in Sufolk, so I would think it likely to have grown somewhere in East Anglia.

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