Availability on Brown's Bones will be extremely limited in the near future. We currently have 1 pair in stock, which is slightly shorter and odder-shaped than usual (see 3rd photo) - but they play just fine. If you would like to be notified when our next order arrives, please email us. For wood bones options, see Whamdiddle bones.
"Real" bone percussive bones made by Steve Brown. Sold in pairs. If you have specific requests about straight vs. curved, let us know in the "special instructions" section of your order and we will do our best to find a pair that meets your needs.
Brown's Bones are solid bone with no marrow. Each pair is matched for sound and shape. With some pairs, each bone is curved, some pairs one bone is straight and the other curved (a technique the Drivers would occasionally used).
Steve learned bones playing from Percy Danforth and first worked with Milton Shipanka (an old Merchant Marine sailor) to learn how to make them. Brown's Bones are very much like those produced by the Driver Family of Suffolk, England. The Drivers were the largest producers and exporters of bone bones dating back to the late 19th Century. Initially they made them out of Whale bone, but when Whale bone became illegal, they began to use bone from the leg of the cow.
Steve Brown has been making and playing bones since the early 1980s. He has been Executive Director of the Rhythm Bones Society for almost 20 years, and holds two All-Ireland titles. His bones are played by some of the best: Junior Davey, Mel Mercier, Tommy Hayes, James Yoshizawa, and Graham Hargrove.