I really like that noter too Mandy! I love the way it has a stop on it because I have the same problem playing with a noter. I think your hubby may be onto something with this design....!
There are no indents on it yet, so the strings haven't cut in as of yet. I'm not real worried about it since he did it quickly. He can always do me another one out of other wood scraps. Actually the noter I got from folkcraft has string marks in it from the 10 minutes I used that one. I asked my husband if he could make me one Christmas day after I had been messing around with it. I wanted something with a stop on it so I wouldn't let the noter slide into the 3 string and be all over the place. So compared to what they are selling it's great, LOL.
Spanish Cedar is a great Tonewood for instruments, but not very tough. The Janka Hardness scale measures wood crushability - as in being crushed by dulcimer strings. Spanish Cedar rates around 400 Janka, about the same as Poplar. Teak and Walnut, which I think is barely tough enough to make a reasonably long lasting noter, rate at 1000. Bamboo, a good noter material is about 1500. Ebony is 3200 and Snakewood, my favorite is 3800. Lignumvitae is tops at 4500, but harder to find.
I like your husband's design, as it can be used in several different ways. See if he can do it again with a tougher wood
Hey Ken - Actually is aged Spanish cedar - which is commonly used in instrument making as well as lining cigar boxes. It's listed as a hardwood on this site so hopefully it won't fall apart on me.
Real nice noter. That ought to makesome nice music for ya.
Thanks, my husband is tinkering with making cigar box guitars and loves working with wood. He doesn't have many tools yet, but we're working on that.
You carved a piece of wood into a beautiful noter, great job.
Really pretty piece of wood