What do you string players make of the thought of utilizing spider silk for violin strings? BBC news bit and sample audio here.
There is a species of spider known as “violin spiders,” (image, right) but Shigeyoshi Osaki used a different species, Nephila maculata or “golden orb-weavers” for his instrument.
Bees for candles. Silkworms for the occasional vestment. Now spiders for violins. What other invertebrates are put to the service of the arts of the Church’s liturgy?