Lyre Bowl in Rosewood, 9 strings
The only Lyre Bowl we’ve ever made in Rosewood this piece is true collectors piece. For environmental reasons we do not buy exotic timbers from far away countries. When the Master Woodturner who taught me more than any other died recently his son passed a single board of Rosewood on to me. Two bowls of very similar size and numerous sets of tuning pegs are possible from this precious wood. This is the first. It is now sold.
WilFred, who achieved his Maker status in June 2018 is presently working on the other one at the original Sounding Bowl Studios in Devon, UK.
Rosewood grows very slowly producing dense and extremely colourful timber. This piece is of Indian origin. The tone is like the wood, dense, crisp and shiny with a hint of esoteric mysteries/Indian wisdom.
All Sounding Bowls are future collectors items, the Stradivari of the future. With Rosewood being so hard wearing this last piece now being made will be a real heirloom. The look and sound will be very similar to the one featured here.
The nine strings can be tuned to either the traditional pentatonic scales or the modern diatonic octave. The sound sample below gives you both.
There is also a video of this one on YouTube