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Wood Choices and finishes for consideration

Posted by Phil Aguglia on 12/31/2015

Other Considerations when building a baton


Wood choices:

We provide our conductors the opportunity to select the type of wood they like for their handles as a guide for us when crafting the batons as to the color and grain that they would like. However, the wood is used as a counterbalance for us when making the baton. So, if the wood chosen will not balance correctly we then select a different wood that will look as close to the one chosen. It’s all about getting the right balance and feel.


Shaft Choices:

At PaGu Batons, we offer three different types of shafts:

  • Natural Maple wood- 3/16” (4.7 mm) diameter wood shaft tapered only 4”  (10 cm) from the tip. Most visible in theatrical lighting.

  • White high gloss stained maple wood shafts- 3/16” (4.7 cm) diameter wood shaft tapered only 4” (10 cm) from the tip. Classic, durable finish!

  • Carbon Fiber- ⅛”  (3 mm)  diameter carbon fiber rod painted with a special primer and high gloss enamel. Most commonly used by wind ensemble directors and teachers who are concerned about breaking their batons.

FYI: There is no difference in the weight of these materials. The weight of the baton shaft is perceived by the balance alone. Which one you choose is based on personal preference.


Finishes:

At PaGu Batons we have chosen to use finishes that feel warm in the hand which are less likely to be slippery as hands sweat. For this reason, we choose not use cork handles or polyurethane finishes.

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