Frank Perry Purple Amaranth Wand
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For all size bowls Handcrafted in England
Purple Amaranth wands have a purple color to them. The wood is dense but flexible. Part of the reason for this is the hardness and another is the textured finish. The wood is on the dry side and naturally has a bit of an edge. Frank avoids smoothing these out so the finish is “rough” which gives the wand a better grip, especially for larger bowls. This is not an all purpose wand, the roughness is noisy where smooth wands are quiet. It is really one tool to have in your ringer toolkit because sometimes it is the only implement that will sing out the true potential of a bowl’s rim.
Purple Amaranth also known as “Purpleheart” comes from central & South America. This wood is not listed as endangered.
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 small 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.Even though the wands are small – six inches long and no more than half an inch in diameter – they are very powerful. You might think such a small item can be used only on small bowls. While it is true it is easier to use them on small bowls, unlike the Nepali ringing sticks Frank’s tiny wands can bring amazing sounds out of the largest singing bowl.
Frank’s wands require a light and steady touch. Once you get the hang of them they are incredible instruments.