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Post  Art on Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:37 pm

Can any one comment on their experiences with using boxwood for bagpipes in Texas? The Asturian and Galician gaitas traditionally use boxwood, but it's especially prone to warping in the eastern US because of the extremes of temperature and humidity. I'd think that'd be true in Texas, too. Is it?
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Post  texasbagpiper on Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:29 am

Art wrote:Can any one comment on their experiences with using boxwood for bagpipes in Texas? The Asturian and Galician gaitas traditionally use boxwood, but it's especially prone to warping in the eastern US because of the extremes of temperature and humidity. I'd think that'd be true in Texas, too. Is it?

Didn't know we had boxwood in Texas. Do you have a source because I'll order some and try it.
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Post  Art on Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:31 am

I think European boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is usually an imported wood. I've considered growing it but I wouldn't be alive to try it, given how slow it grows. The woods used in gaitas used to come from the Pyrenees, but that source is limited now, both legally and in quantity remaining. The wood available today has a lot more knots and less of the trunk is usable. There's a lot of waste. I think some of it is now coming from the East.

Boxwood is also used in making other instruments, like flutes.

The European boxwood is now very expensive, but I've seen it online in places like this:
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Post  Yuri on Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:25 pm

There is a Turkish seller, someting like "octopus woods", you'll need to look them up. They sell boxwood at quite good prices, as far as I remember. They also sell other Turkish woods that are really top for instrument making, like plum, apricot, also walnut and I don't remember what else.
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Post  texasbagpiper on Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:49 pm

Yuri wrote:There is a Turkish seller, someting like "octopus woods", you'll need to look them up. They sell boxwood at quite good prices, as far as I remember. They also sell other Turkish woods that are really top for instrument making, like plum, apricot, also walnut and I don't remember what else.

I got an email from them quite a while back. I was interested but wasn't sure about dealing with a Turkish company. Kind of like sending money to Pakistan. I'm glad to hear that we have boxwood in Texas. What I really want it Castillo Boxwood. Seth
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