19th century African-American/minstrel show percussion instrument; originally made from the rib bones of cattle or horses; different tones from different woods. Shown above left to right - American chestnut, maple, black walnut and cherry.
Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut or Maple
Figured woods when available (curly, burl, etc.)
Persimmon (extra loud)
American Chestnut (very dense)
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