Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re:mulberry was: Digest Number 554
>Mulberry?Huh, coulda swore the stuff I cut down at my old place in town was
green. But maybe the memory is finally going... been doing a lotta shellac
finish lately, the alcohol is probably getting to me!
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- Wilhelm von Winkleried asks:
"didn't I read somewhere in this group that mulberry was used in the middle
east to manufacture musical instruments with??"
You are correct - mulberry is a traditional luthier's wood in Central Asia
and the Near East - it is particularly favored for the bodies of the
varients of the long-necked lute. Typically, the bodies are hogged out.
I have some pictures of such intruments here:
The second picture down shows the bodies of two different construction
types - the one the left (described as _oyma_) is carved out of a solid
chunk of mulberry, and has a sweet, sweet tone. The instrument on the right
is constructed of bent staves (a more modern fashion).
Sasha - woodworker, musician