Persimmon Woodblock Acoustic Instrument

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Project by ppworkshop posted 10-02-2015 11:56 PM 1653 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this woodblock percussion instrument out of persimmon. My wife is a band director at a Christian school and her band will be using this woodblock for their Christmas concert to play Sleigh Ride. Here is a video of the build and a demo of how the woodblock sounds. This is my first time working with persimmon. I found it to be easy to work with and very handsome.

The biggest thing I learned about getting a good tone is that the slot should extend almost all the way through the woodblock (see pic below). As I was cutting the channel deeper and deeper, I stopped and tested the tone. When the slot was 2 1/2” deep, the sound was dead…like banging on a kitchen table. When I went a little deeper, I started getting a good tone.

The tone of the woodblock is great and I hope it will add, in a small way, to their performance this Christmas.

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 03:25 AM

Nice video, the ending had me chuckling.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 03:30 PM

Thanks Rick M.

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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