I have a dogwood that I need to cut on my property and while it may be too far gone by this point I'm gonna see if there is anything I can salvage out of it. My idea was to do a woody tone ring out of dogwood. It has a Janka rating of 2150 so I though it might be good for that. Searched the forums but all I found was info on the builder Dogwood Banjos. Anyone else tried this before? I have some magnolia I picked up when a local church was cutting back some of their trees and thought it would but neat to build the base of the pot from it with the dogwood tone ring. I know a local guy who has a kiln I thought about asking if he would dry the stuff for me.
I got a buddy that makes bridges out of Dogwood, I bet a tone ring would sound just fine; maybe a fretboard.
I’d probably be interested enough in seeing what it sounds like to try it- I just looked it up in the tone wood database, and the comment there is that it has poor dimensional stability that makes it better suited to standalone components.
Honestly I was a little disappointed to read that. Like I said though, I’d probably still try it.
I know of one Dogwood Longneck with a Tubaphone and bracket band.
I agree, I see every reason to use Magnolia with a Dogwood rim cap if you like.
If dimensional stability is an issue, change the "form" of the rim so the pieces push against each other.
If you are interested, I have a supplier from mid-Ohio who had Sasafrass and Catalpa, I have a few rims of both out there being played.
Let's find some use for the Kudzu.
My experience with using it for bridges was it sounding bright, but lacked the depth of tone that I hear in maple. I have no experience with wooden tone rings, but expect it would be a good one to try.
I think it would work fine—so would the magnolia.
Tulip (AKA yellow) poplar, and cucumber magnolia, both magnolias, are sold interchangeably as "poplar" where I live, and both have stiffness equal to maple, walnut, and cherry, so would probably be very good for rims.
You can recognize dogwood by its bark….
“ Dogwood has excellent shock resistance, and is one of the hardest domestic woods of the United States or Canada. Its toughness is appreciated in a variety of applications, though its poor dimensional stability means that its use is usually restricted to unglued/unjoined standalone components where it’s expansion and contraction can occur freely.”
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