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Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by lategreat808, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    So far I have an ash, beech, purple heart, walnut, zabrano, maple, keyaki and cherry wood natty. What would you recommend as a next wood to try out? I was thinking rosewood or hickory but wanted some opinions. I hear birch is really a great natty wood too.
     
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  2. J-Swish

    J-Swish Honed Member

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    Birch is killer. I'd for sure try out a birch natty as your next wood choice!
     
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  3. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    Birch it is then. Unless of course I get a sweet deal somewhere. Can't pass on a sweet deal
     
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  4. J-Swish

    J-Swish Honed Member

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    Siiiiiick! Birch breaks in so nicely! You'll love it for sure
     
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  5. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    I have heard good things.
     
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  6. Ben Lowe

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    I recently just got a birch natty and I'm super stoked to try it out. @lategreat808 let me know if/when you get yours and how you like it.
     
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  7. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    @Ben Lowe ...sounds like my first homegrown and my first birch in one swing.
     
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  8. Ben Lowe

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    Dude, same.
     
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  9. Ben Lowe

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    Mine's a real beaut! Just got it 2 days ago:
     
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  10. lategreat808

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    That looks great...a real gem.
     
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  11. NicholasPereira

    NicholasPereira Honed Member

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    Hickory is my favorite. You can get an RWB hickory Classic with ash tama and spinner for $51.
     
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  12. Ben Lowe

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    I want an RWB so bad. Honestly though I'm more intrigued by the red elm. I heard its super slick as a natty though.
     
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  13. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    What do you like about hickory over other woods? Is it a softer grain like maple?
     
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  14. NicholasPereira

    NicholasPereira Honed Member

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    Not really. It just depends on the grain. They are all different just dependent on the wood being used.

    Hickory is a harder wood. Very durable and has an amazing clack. Ash tama just because I love ash tamas and the contrast between ken and tama are amazing.
     
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  15. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    U can try out birch, btw hg spectras are made of birch. I recommend a spectra striped tama hg so it will be easier for tracking
     
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  16. Kelsey Dunn

    Kelsey Dunn n00b

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    The Kotodama from PNW has a hickory Ken and a birch tama with Paduk inserts! It's the best natty I have ever owned!!
     
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  17. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    GT! Raw ash and anything plays awesome. I'd recommmend raw ash/spec or raw ash/birch, specifically the Stodd mod version. Birch has the durability of a hardwood but breaks in similar to a spec, so stalls will be money on them. Just get some sweat on the raw ash and lunars will also be honed! Birch is becoming, if not already one of my favorite woods. Got 7 birch kens in my collection :rolleyes:
     
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  18. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    Got this exact setup and it slays! Hickory is a great ken, idk about it as a tama though.
    I have a birch rwb/gt mashed setup and it's great as well, breaks in really well!
    Also have a rosewood ken from Sol and it's great for stalls.
     
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  19. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    Hg reclaimed elm has amazing grain too, just like a gt ash and oak,u can feel the rough grain and helps with balance tricks
     
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  20. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Birch seems like a good one for you to try, or hickory. Honestly a natty TK16 would be a great pickup, especially considering they'll soon be discontinued.

    Which rosewood were you looking at? There are many different species of rosewood, I've made kendamas from a few different ones, and the feel of the final dama is quite different with each one.
     
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