TreeWorks went beyond the common practice of buying cheap wood and painting or staining it to look expensive. All TreeWorks’ wood is rare, 60 - 80 year old, Black Walnut (jugans regia) from managed forest of Tennessee's Highland Rim Region. The grain and rich color can be attributed to its age and growth at high elevation. A proprietary steaming process intensifies the color by forcing the dark pigment of the heartwood to move throughout the board. Selections are then individually hand-picked from rough, kiln-dried stock. The boards are cut and drilled, then sanded – not once – but 16 times. It becomes a TreeWorks’ mantle when the final clear, oil finish is applied to each one, by hand.
The bars are the essence of the sound, and the true quality of TreeWorks is
in the color of the sound. We never paint, tint, dip, anodize or plate the
bars, (since this adversely affects the sound). Also rejected are stock, offthe-
shelf, aluminum bars. TreeWorks uses only custom mill runs, certified
to spec and quality tested. The alloy is an aluminum/titanium composition
that is T-6 tempered at 350°F for 8 hours. Tempering provides a more
consistent grain structure (at the molecular level) and imparts the clear,
distinctive sound that is TreeWorks’ alone. Next, the bars are cut and
precision drilled followed by polishing that bevels the edges to minimize
friction against the cord. An art unto itself, the chimes are tuned by ear,
with a gradual change in pitch, one at a time, bar by bar. No preset,
You’ve no doubt seen the chimes that hang from plastic clothing ties, and
you’ve probably experienced the frustration of finding your bars at the
bottom of your case, so it is no surprise to you that the strength of
the cord is an important piece of the equation. TreeWorks’ CordLoc™ is a
select composition of fibers chosen for extreme strength then braided
and individually hand-tied to each bar. Every cord is locked and sealed
to render it virtually indestructible. But even more than strength is the
fact that anything that touches the bar affects the sound. The length of
our cord insures that the bars never strike the mantle and every knot is
tucked inside the hole on the mantle where it cannot touch the bar and
impede the sound.
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