This clave stick was made from Mahogany wood. The claves create a sharp, crackling tone that can pierce through every other tones on stage. The clave is held by the fingertips and thumb. It can rest slightly on heel of hand, but should not rest on the palm. There should be about an inch of space between the clave and the palm of the hand. This space creates a sound chamber, which allows the clave to vibrate best & resonance its tone.