Flowering Dogwood, Ukuleles and Making Music: Wood Vibrations

Music is magical. You agree, I know, or you wouldn’t be here.

Would you also agree that the wood used to make the musical instruments is magical?

The kind of wood used to make a musical instrument affects the tone, the sustain of a note, the number of vibrations per second and more. The kind of wood affects how heavy the instrument, how it feels to hold, how it looks and more.

Which brings me to the flowering dogwood.

As a result of a neighbor trimming his flowering dogwood tree back in February, I acquired a few branches. I entertained the idea of trying a dogwood neck for a ukulele but none of the branches were big enough. So I made a branch flute — you can view its development here.

Dogwood is beautiful wood to work with. It’s very hard, doesn’t splinter, and is a beautiful tone of white. Really. For these reasons it was used to make shuttles in weaving way back when.

Not many people have used dogwood in making ukuleles. Of course the tree never gets very big and because it is a beautiful tree, very few of them are ever cut down. But I did find Russ Morin who uses local woods to build his ukuleles and refers to trying dogwood in his ukulele building. And, a musical tribute with ukulele “Dogwood Blossom”.

I’ve acquired a few larger branches (another neighbor trimmed his dogwood trees a few weekends ago) but now I wonder if they should become ukulele necks or another flute. Hmmmm….

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