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Tonewood

When I was in my youth built the first time a guitar myself, I took cheap plywood, it was just there! I just did not think about what wood I take and in what grade should I use it? On this point I'm away for a few years. The more I looked into it, the less clear were the answers. It struck me also that I found virtually no literature on the subject, and if so, this was not very profound. Why not just themselves experience? About this experience, I would like to report here.

The following figure shows a bunch of clay firewood - but fear not, there were "only" the waste, the rest sounds very neat and not in the oven.
 

Tonholz crackles beautifully in the oven!

I would like to ask a few more words before the introduction:

I now know why indigenous Tonholz is so expensive! There is a lot of work to catch an enormously high risk bad wood! Who risked much, may also earn more of it.

It does this even a lot of fun, to process its own tone wood in the instrument and play it - you have the quality then himself in hand!

And I lift my hat to so many Holzkäuzen! But I also know that they cook with water and that there are very beautiful tone wood-storytellers.

Something I was always listening to and what it is important to remember:

"Wertholz purchase is a matter of luck!"

"I do not know why the tribe 10x more expensive than the next!"

"Let your fingers like this, if you know too little of it"

"Why buy an ox if you just want to eat a good steak!"

A simple question first: What is Tonholz?

Primarily once the natural raw material "wood" and nothing else! This can not in the sense of mass production simply produce man - he must grow! You can keep only about the further treatment / processing that it can be used for optimal sound production - just good tone wood is.

Over the years I had success with tonewood from Tonholzhändler. I also ordered from catalogs. Normally you also get decent quality.
It was an event for me, when I visited one or two Tonholzhersteller. Among the saws and their use, I am but when we came by chance. Why can not stand by and questions? I always had the feeling that I would ask stupid questions. Is there such a mystery and then where? I always had in my head: what is probably expensive, must have an insane process behind it, thereby valuable and well!
But understood really I did not: wood, air, saw, but nothing special or
How do I distinguish good tone wood from bad? How do you tone wood? What's special about it? I asked luthiers, instrument-Master, master carpenter, Sägewerkler, forestry experts, etc. But somehow seemed to be the mysterious boxes, which further contributed knowledge from generation to generation and from century to century. Everyone had an opinion about it, but had made ​​one that was not, even in school one time was in such an operation. Somehow, again spoke also some statements. A book with seven seals?

As I was apparently insane enough to occupy myself with the thought further, I wore for many years always the curiosity in me once even "produce" tonewood. Whether that makes sense or not, this course I have long and extensively with my wife "entertain" - I have done it anyway. :-))

Among other sources of literature used:

"Manual solid wood"
working group hardwood
Heimhuderstraße 22
D-20148 Hamburg
"Core block Forestry use"
Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science
Werderring 6
79085 Freiburg
"The guitar and its construction"
Franz Jahnel
Verlag Erwin Buchinsky
The musical instrument
Frankfurt / Main

Most images are mine. About the time I have with Internet searches also found interesting pictures and me not always noticed the origin. This is done not out of malicious intent. Should see violated its copyrights anyone here, so I ask for information. I will remove the image in question immediately.


Selecting Wood

On this site, I agree to the Rohholzauswahl.

Cutting Wood

Here I refer to the cutting of the logs.

Storing & Drying

On this site you are told to Tonholztrocknung and storage.

Processing Tonewood

Here I describe in rough steps the career of the acoustic wood.