SIMPLICITY IS BEAUTY
In the early stages of designing the instruments bore, i experimented with many materials, exploring densities, applications of materials to designs, and the acoustic properties.
Today, the integral whole of instrument, sound, material ( hemp fibre ) and designs are one.
The way in which we process our hemp fibre allows absolutely no use of glues or resins; only water, hemp fibre and hemp charcoal. With the fusion of Hemp Charcoal into the raw hemp fibre, we create something completely new. Its what we call "Black Hemp".
This process is called 'wet milling'. It is the cutting and fibrillating of these hemp fibres that increases the natural ( hydroxyl ) bondings, just as it is in nature. Within the processing of the hemp fibre, we can adjust the density of our raw material. This allows the exploration into the relationship of material to design, the acoustic qualities of material, and how that relates to the bore design. This now-processed raw material is pliable, non toxic, bio degradable, and without any VOC gases ( Volatile Organic Compounds ).
Once the wet "Black Hemp" material is applied to the designed molds, it goes through the dehumidification process.
This process takes time and is where the Black Hemp material becomes crystallised. The charcoal, plant sugars and minerals, lignin's, minerals within the water are all drawn to the internal and external surface's of the drying material.
These ingredients become the hard crystallised surface or 'skin' of our dried 'Black Hemp' material. This dense nano crystallised surface contains qualities and properties that add to the density of the milled hemp fibre, the internal bore design and the instruments external longevity.
Hemp is a natural fibre that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. The cultivation of hemp improves soil health by replenishing vital nutrients and preventing erosion.
Industrial hemp is a Cannabis Sativa strain, which is part of the Cannabaceae family. This strain has been selectively bred to produce minimal levels of 'Tetrahydrocannabinol' (THC), and an abundance of fibre. It is referred to as 'industrial hemp'.