Frank Perry Massive Yew Wand
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For larger bowls Handcrafted in England
The ultimate ringing stick, solid and smooth with over two inches of hardwood at it’s widest. Frank Perry’s massive wands have a smooth curve, giving you many options for selecting the angle of contact with the bowl. The lathed flare at the top is perfectly shaped for resting your hand in. This makes it easy to apply the full the strength of your arm, and tame the wildest singing bowl rim. The weight and ergonomic shape make the entire process of making any bowl sing easy and intuitive. Massive wands are generally quieter than the Nepali ringing sticks when ringing a bowl with a less than smooth edge.
Yew is a soft, relatively light and flexible wood. These characteristics give it the ability to play the deeper tones in singing bowls. The slightly rougher finish and especially the flexibility of yew gives this wand the ability to play rougher edges quietly.
Yew is native to England and was considered a sacred wood, a symbol of immortality. It was often planted around churches, and before the advent of Christianity, sacred sites. It is not an endangered or threatened species. I really like the idea of having an instrument made from the sacred tree of low and boggy England revealing the deeper qualities of a sacred singing bowl from the arid high Himalayas.
Frank Perry has one of the oldest and largest antique singing bowl collections in the United Kingdom. Frank is a master at bringing out individual tones from bowls. One of his secrets are special wands made from fine wood that he hand turns on a lathe at his home in the south of England. The wands are smooth to the touch and finished with a with a nice flair on top. Each wand is unique, as are the individual planks of wood he starts out with.