I received this piece of Elk bone as a gift from my friend Jim Croft. He suggested that I experiment with Elk Bone as nut material for my instruments.
And by the roots….
and how did you find elk bone by comparison of other materials?
Jim mentioned that the elk bone is denser than the cow bone that I usually use. I have experimented with different woods as nut material. The density of the wood seems to determine the brightness of tone, so I would assume that the elk bone will cause the tone to be brighter, but I have yet to string it up and play it. Of course, brightness does not mean a pleasing tone, necessarily. If that were the case, instrument makers would use metal as a material for making nuts. I am interested to find out how the elk bone will sound. Hopefully by the end of the day I will know.
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