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Black Willow for a DB

 
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okawbow
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Black Willow for a DB Reply with quote

I may have access to a gigantic, straight and tall, black willow that has been blown over recently. I have always used black willow for my blocks and linings on violins and cello. I have heard of using willow for the back and sides of cello. Will it work for a Double bass? This tree is at least 30 inches in diameter for several feet. I should be able to get a split, 4 piece back from it. I would like to make a bass with all local woods, except for the top. (Southern Illinois) I have red maple for the neck, and persimmon for the fingerboard and fittings. Worth the trouble?
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Chet Bishop
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely it is worthwhile-- but it will require proper care of the wood, and several years of aging. Wish I had such a treasure.

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