Ingrown Bark Ash Bowed Psaltery (Std.)Price: $Was $550. Now $350 SERIOUS OFFERS CONSIDERED
Types of wood: Top bookmatched Ingrown Bark Ash - Back bookmatched Figured Black Walnut - Frame Black Walnut
Instrument Size: 21"X7"X1.5"
Herein lies a tale about the wood on the top of this psaltery. In recent past years I have done many Arts & Crafts Festivals in Ohio. A fellow woodworker told me of a wonderful lumber company in the middle of Amish country in Ohio that handled unusual and exotic woods as well as a good stock of domestic woods. It is called Keim Lumber Company (and if any of you are looking for some great and unusual wood, I highly recommend it). As you go north on I77 and get to New Philadelphia turn left and head to Cloud, OH.
Anyway, one time when I went here, I saw this truly fascinating wood which I had never seen before. It reminded me somewhat of Bird’s Eye Maple, but was a richer tone of brown. I asked what it was and was told that it was Ingrown Bark Ash. I had never heard of such a thing or this kind of wood. As I looked closely at the wood I noticed that many of the dark brown spots in the wood were indeed, bark.
The wood is indeed beautiful and bookmatching the front truly enhances that beauty as it creats a mirror image effect. It also produces a most beautiful sound.