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The back of Dewitt Small's fiddle. 

Posted 10/20/2008 10:41:29 PM

Cherry, 'lumberyard eastern maple', oak? Can any of you wood mavens out there identify it?

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5 comments on “The back of Dewitt Small's fiddle.”

bj Says:
Saturday, November 8, 2008 @10:02:25 PM

Geez, it almost looks like . . . pine. Nah, can't be . . .

janepaints Says:
Sunday, November 9, 2008 @1:09:45 AM

Nope, it's not pine. It's a hardwood, pretty tough stuff. Pretty sure it's oak, whether red or white I know not. Tho there are other woods: chestnut (that escaped the blight), sassafras, american sycamore, willow, spanish cedar, hickory. Dunno exactly what they look like. This stuff looks most like oak.

edkarch Says:
Sunday, November 9, 2008 @5:24:04 PM

If you really want to know send me a splinter and I will put it under the microscope.

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @10:15:27 AM

I think this back was destined for a lefty instrument because the asymmetric grain pattern is tighter on what is now the treble side after its conversion from righty to lefty.

janepaints Says:
Sunday, November 16, 2008 @8:11:38 PM

I'm starting to wonder if it ain't poplar.

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