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Zil are the finger cymbals used by belly dancers. Traditionally they're made from bronze, brass, or silver.

However, metal zils are loud and dancers sometimes prefer zils made from wood for practice. Wooden zils are also sometimes used by musical groups for their distinctive sound and rhythm. Zils are used in pairs, held between the thumb and the middle finger (a tight elastic band goes through those slots). There is a concave cavity in the bottom that makes a loud Clack! when the zils are clicked together.

The zils are turned on my lathe from various hardwoods, each with its own sound. These are purpleheart, epe, oak, and rosewood.

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Jim,

Another good educational experience for me! You have made good use of all those small scraps with which we have trouble parting.

L/W
 

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Howdy Jim,

That's a lot of amazing work. I'd love to hear the soft clack.
 

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Well done. I learned something today. Very neat and tidy. Enjoy.
 

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Haven't seen that done before…......very interesting….........
 

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Haven't seen those before, didn't know what they were called, but I do know now! At first they looked like turned buttons. Neat project !

Do the different woods make different sounds?
 

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Yes, different woods make different sounds. Very hard dense wood like the bolivian rosewood makes a very sharp loud click, like a castanet. Softer woods such as oak tend to make a more muted sound. The sound also depends on the shape and size of the cavity in the bottom.
 
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