The Choice of Woods
Saving The Rainforest One Tree At A Time.
Ash is a hardwood. Dense, tough and very strong, but elastic, extensively used for making bows, tool handles, baseball bats, hurleys and other uses demanding high strength and resilience.
It is also often used as material for electric guitar bodies and, less commonly, for acoustic guitar bodies, known for its bright, cutting tone and sustaining quality. Some Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters are made of Ash, as an alternative to the darker sounding Alder.
Ash is perfect for slow wearing guitar picks. The more the pick is used the more the fibers pack at the tip, making the surface hitting the strings even denser and smoother.
We cut down a Hazel tree in Gol eighteen months ago, donated by a local farmer. The wood dried beautifully and is now ready for use in production. The Hazel will be used for picks for acoustic guitar. It’s not as dense as Oak or Beech, but has a warm, round tone.
The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, Malus domestica of the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on deciduous trees which are large if grown from seed, but small if grafted onto roots (rootstock).
The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus Sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, like Norse, Greek and Christian traditions.
Apple core wood is very dense. Beautiful orange in color. Combined with a Copper core it makes for one of the absolute better sounding picks we build.
It’s been said that an Oak tree grows for five hundred years, lives for five hundred years, and dies for five hundred years.
Oak planking was common on high status Viking longships in the 9th and 10th centuries. The wood was hewn from green logs, by axe and wedge, to produce radial planks, similar to quartersawn timber.
The keel of the Gokstad excavated in Norway in 1880 was built of of a straight grown Oak approximately 25 meters (82 feet) in height.
Oak has great strength and hardness. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quartersawn. Wide, quartersawn boards of Oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons and in the construction of fine furniture.
Oak is a symbol of strength, lifeforce and perseverance. In Norway there are only two types of Oak, Summer Oak and Winter Oak.
Chips of Beech wood are used in the brewing of Budweiser beer as a fining agent. Beech logs are burned to dry the malts used in some German smoked beers, giving the beers their typical flavour. Beech is also used to smoke Westphalian ham, various sausages, and some cheeses. Some drums are made from Beech, which has a tone between those of Maple and Birch, the two most popular drum woods. Its density makes it the perfect core for the All Wood Series Three-Piece pick.
Kebony is a denser, heavier and harder wood than most trees found in Norway. The invention of the Kebonization process is a Norwegian story 20 years in the making. Kebony is based on a process where sustainable wood is made more durable, harder and more stable using liquids from bio waste material. Kebony is a sustainable alternative to hardwoods from tropical regions. The products resemble teak and other tropical varieties of wood.
The Choice of Metals
Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79. Gold is made into alloys like 10k and 14k, due to the fact that pure gold is relatively soft and malleable. 14k gold is less likely to bend or become damaged.
Pure gold can be made into 14k gold by mixing it or creating an alloy with other metals such as copper, nickel and zinc.
In the gold karat scale, one karat amounts to one twenty-fourth pure gold; this means 24k gold is pure gold and 14k gold is 58.5 percent pure.
Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element, the highest thermal conductivity of any metal and is the most reflective metal on the planet. 925s Sterling Silver is over 90% pure, mixed with alloys to add strength and durability.
925s silver core picks are the most beautiful and better sounding picks we handcraft. The esthetics, the feel, the density, the tone. Built by hand. This is The Custom Shop.
Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. Copper occurs naturally as native copper and was known to some of the oldest civilizations on record.
It has a history of use that is at least 10,000 years old, and estimates of its discovery place it at 9000 BC in the Middle East. The uses of copper in art were not limited to currency, but it was also used by Renaissance sculptors, in photographic technology known as the daguerreotype, and the Statue of Liberty.
Copper was the first metal we used crafting wood metal picks. The first prototypes sounded amazing! It was just so beautiful compared to acetate. It was so much more nuanced, I felt it underlined what i played.
Alloy of copper and zinc, important for its hardness and workability. Brass was first used circa 1200 BC in the NearEast, then extensively in China after 220 BC , and soon thereafter by the Romans. In ancient documents, including the Bible, the term brass is often used to denote bronze (copper/tin alloy). The proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.