Weekly Wednesday Q&A with Juha Ruokangas

#56 - Songs From The Wood: Ebony

December 21, 2022 Juha Ruokangas Episode 56
Weekly Wednesday Q&A with Juha Ruokangas
#56 - Songs From The Wood: Ebony
Show Notes

Why is ebony so highly valued in the world of musical instruments? Let's discuss about tradition and sustainability - and how those two concepts conflict in the case of ebony.

Historically, ebony - this mythically exquisite wood from the dry and intermediate zones in Western Africa, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Southern India and Indonesia - was available only to master craftsmen because of the nature of the material and its great expense. The use of it has a long history of use in cabinetwork, decorative items, crucifixes – and in a wide array of musical instruments.

In this episode of my (Weekly) Wednesday Live I'll tell how this story I heard from Bob Taylor years ago changed my thinking - and how it will change your thinking too.


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