Created by Wayland Harman, the RidgeBow
is the work of over 10 years of experimentation, in a quest to improve
upon the sound and harmonic amplitude of the traditional Mouthbow.
Currently constructed of black-willow with maple and walnut components.
The bow is about 37 inches long and features a high quality enclosed
guitar-type tuner, steel string, and Wayland's unique reed design
that transfers more of the string's energy to the player's mouth.
The overtones are strong and clear, as compared to other mouthbows
which are inherently quiet instruments.
The string passes though the instrument body allowing one to strike
on the front of the string while placing one's mouth on the back.
The tip of the bows frame is thinned to
act as a spring which supports the reed, while allowing it to vibrate.