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Woods that would normally be unsuitable for use in instruments are fortified with resin to create a dense, useable piece that can be machined and sanded like any regular timber.
If you've ever tried to use very soft woods such as Buckeye Burl or Spalted Maple, you would know that they are very difficult to apply finish to as the finishing product will take a long time to build. The pores of stabilised woods are resin filled so a finish is easy to build.
Colours can be introduced into the stabilising process that enhance the natural patterns in the wood and create exciting effects.
The process will not negatively affect the sound. Soft woods can sound dull as they absorb and nullify some frequencies. As the stabilising process makes these soft woods much denser, sound and vibration are transmitted through the woods more effectively and less frequencies are lost.
Stabilised woods are also less likely to warp as the cells have been fortified with resin that takes the place of any moisture.
Hybrid stabilised wood is stabilised wood where the large voids have been filled with a casting resin to create a solid billet of material that can be easily bookmatched with a bandsaw.
We recommend using a 2-part epoxy resin as a method of jointing and gluing the bookmatched tops to the instrument body.