Developmental and Structural Section
Levings, Katy .
Anatomical Differences between Resonant and Non-resonant Wood Used in Bassoon Manufacture.
Modern bassoon construction utilizes five species of hardwoods – African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), hard maple (Acer nigrum, A. saccharum), and soft maple (A. rubrum). Another wood was tried, black walnut (Juglans nigra), and the resulting instrument, while playable in small spaces, was unsuitable for stage performance. The purpose of this study was to see if there is a way to separate the resonance woods from the non-resonant wood. Sections were made of commercially available woods from both the resonant stock (African blackwood, hard and soft maple) and black walnut. Sections were examined under brightfield and darkfield conditions and with a confocal microscope. Preliminary results indicate the amount and orientation of parenchyma wood contribute to the distinction between resonant and non-resonant wood.
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1 - University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dept of Forest Sciences, PO Box 72700, Fairbanks, AK, 99775, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM