My Traditional Maple Paired Claves are genuinely handcrafted from Hard Maple stock that has been carefully selected to be beautiful aesthetically, tonally appealing, and durable. After the stock is turned to a 1" diameter, it is then trimmed down to a length of 8". Ofter the Kopf logo is burned into the clave, Rather than putting a "sound sucking" hard finish , I apply a hand rubbed finish of my own blend of Boiled Linseed oil, Pure Turpentine, and Natural Beeswax. Lastly, I hand buff with a lint free rag to attain a silky smooth satin finish. These claves sound great and will cut through just about any musical situation. They will last a lifetime and feel great in hand.