E. Howard Banjo wood used for weight baffle ?

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  1. Robert Ling

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    I'd like to make another weight baffle for my #5 Banjo and was going to try and find the same type of wood they used.
    The banjos had a baffle running down through the throat that was removable and also the one that was painted red and thicker in the lower box.

    I'm guessing this wood was Cherry veneer ?
    Has anybody ever made any of these or researched it ?

    Thanks, Bob
     
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    Here's the original weight baffle out of my #5 Howard Banjo that I want to duplicate.

    I'm just going to go shopping to some wood shops to see what I can come up with. It's 3/16 thick and the throat baffle is 1/8 thick. It has a tappered edge at it's top so the weight wouldn't catch it on the backside.

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  3. the 3rd dwarve

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    From my experience Howard used clear white pine or poplar to make their weight baffles.

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    Jeff
     
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    Thanks for the info Jeff.
     
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    Well I finished my little weight baffle project.
    I ended up using cherry as it was available in the right thickness. Made it to the specs of the old one. I darkened the brads by heating them and got a pretty good match to the red of the old baffle.
    The clock had a black tin baffle before that was well done but not correct, plus they ran it all the way to the bottom of the box where it should have been up about a 1/4" from the bottom. Now I can see the whole lable.

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    What was wrong with the old baffle? I hope you have saved it with the timepiece.
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    P.S. the original baffle looks to be poplar, as is mine on my square box E. Howard & Co. timepiece.
     
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    I have two of these #5's and the original baffle was from the other clock so I'll return it to that clock. This clock had a tin baffle that was added later.
     
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    Good! Thanks for clarifying that.
     
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    Is the baffle on the square box black ?
     
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    Yes. This is an early E. Howard & Co., made soon after Mr. Howard and Mr. Davis parted ways. It features a paper on zinc dial, like those on Howard & Davis timepieces, along with other very un-Howard like features like wood side arms and a wooden acorn finial.
     
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    Wow! Can you post a picture. Sounds like a very nice clock.
     
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    Hello Bob,

    All the E. Howard's & Howard & Davis # 4 & #5 that I have seen/own have Black baffles.

    Andy Dervan
     
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    Hi Andy,
    The old red baffle is out of a #5 ( not the clock pictured ) and has always been red. The whole clock is original, but had a weight fall that did some damage but all the original parts were saved. The glasses are original.
     
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    This is the old replacement tin weight baffle that was in the clock above. It also had no tie down for the pendulum.

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