Wood bones made by Rick Fogel in Seattle, WA - sold in pairs. Our in-stock selection of woods varies - see below for examples of woods that fall under each category. We try to make the drop-down menu above reflect what's currently in stock. Feel free to contact us to check stock before placing your order, and you may also indicate preferences in the "special instructions" section of your order.
Domestic Wood ($18) can include: oak, maple, walnut, cherry, western cedar, pine, poplar, hickory.
Exotic Wood ($22) can include: mahogany, wenge, zebrawood, padauk, jatoba, teak, canary, lacewood, yew.
Rare Exotic Wood ($26) can include: purpleheart, rosewood, tulipwood, cocobolo, bubinga, boxwood
Laminate ($30): mixed woods with contrasting/colorful veneers. Each pair is unique!
Bones are shaped like cow rib bones. They are about 1.125 inches (2.86 cm) wide with a radius of curvature of about 30 inches (76.2 cm), 7.5 inches (19.1cm) long and .3125 inches (.79 cm) thick. Different materials make different sounds. Basically, the softer the wood, the lower the pitch or frequency of the sound.
HMT's manager Brennan Kuhns selected Whamdiddle Bones as one of his Staff Picks! He says:
"Whamdiddle bones are one of my absolute favorite instruments in the store. Learning to play the bones - starting from seeing former HMT manager Rowan Corbett playing them almost 2 decades ago - has been a great and rewarding musical path for me. Getting the shipments from Whamdiddle is like an exciting Christmas present - Rick's handmade bones are consistent in excellent playability, but the woods all sound and feel a bit different. They're not very expensive, but are a great way to open up a new world for a percussionist, or really any musician."