#42 Wood carving: wood, acoustical guitars – mahogany, spruce, sapele, maple, cocobolo
Not all cool wood goes into wood carvings. That may be a problem for die-hard wood carvers, but there are some great other uses for wood.
One of my brother-in-laws loves to play good quality acoustical guitars. He has had several of the best. I do not play a musical instrument myself, but I do like good wood.
Types of wood used on these guitars: Sitka spruce, Mahogany, Adirondack Spruce, Sapele – an African wood having properties similar to mahogany, maple and cocobolo – a Central American hardwood.
Why all the different types of wood? In lutherie,the making of string instruments, each type of wood serves a different purpose – sound, workability, durability, aesthetics (looks) So, “The woods that don’t absorb and deaden the sound are considered ‘tonewoods.'” (wikipedia) Each type of wood creates a different sound to the music produced. For example, maple produces a “brighter” sound. Combining woods changes the sound the guitar produces.
That is way more than I needed to know about the musical purpose of the wood chosen. What interests me more is the looks of the guitars. Two of my favorites here are the sapele and the big leaf maple/coocbolo. The grain, coloring, and shape are all very attractive. I hope you enjoy them also.
It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp. Psalm 92 : 1-3