Spiders For Violins

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?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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