Willow and other soft woods

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Dr Rod, Feb 22, 2006.


  1. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    I have been reading a lot on the interesting sonic properties of willow and other softwoods/fruitwoods.

    aside from the use of slab cut to give strength, would the actual thickness of the back and ribs be greater than if you used a hardwood?
     
  2. M_A_T_T

    M_A_T_T

    Mar 4, 2004
    Canada
    I don't think slab cut would help give strength. It's also less stable than quarter cut.
     
  3. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    Matt, I don't really know much about this, but Kolstein seems to support that.
    I have seen slab-cut pearwood, and slab-cut nutwood used in fine instruments.

    When you say quarter cut is more stable, what do you mean? weather or structural stability?
     
  4. M_A_T_T

    M_A_T_T

    Mar 4, 2004
    Canada
    Both. It's more stable for movement, and stronger.