"The design of our jacks was originally inspired by Ruckers jacks, particularly where the dimensions of the tongues are concerned, and to some extent the thickness of the bodies.
Tongues are currently cut from very nice straight and quarter sawn hornbeam, to maximise the strength at the plectrum slot. (slab sawn tongues are 4 x weaker than quarter sawn, and hence 4 x more prone to splitting. 31 mm long by 4.2 mm wide and 2.8 mm thick, they are fully shaped in profile and aspect. We no longer use a cut across the back of the plectrum slot, as this just weakens the tongue at the slot.
The aim being to maximise the strength of the tongue at the plectrum slot, and lighten it as far as possible elsewhere. 6 degree upward slope on plectrum slot.
Similarly the jack body we try to make quarter sawn - as did Ruckers - giving a 4 x stronger damper slot, and a more stable jack. Rock maple has served as the material for recent years. Wild Service, pear, holly, beech are other possible materials." See website for more info. (ed.)
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