Claves are a percussion instrument that originated in Cuba, and consist of a pair of short thick dowels that produce a high pitched clicking sound when hit together. They are often used to play a repeating rhythmic figure throughout a piece.
They are traditionally made from rosewood, a material famous for its density, longevity, and beauty. However, it is an endangered species whose international trade is carefully controlled by CITES, making it expensive to use in manufacture. These Percussion Plus claves are instead made with Indian sheesham wood, a popular rosewood alternative with very similar characteristics.