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I have a berimbau verga that has cracked from the center while stringing it. Need a few tips how should i go about it; can I glue it up and thread it around the berimbau verga, would there be difference in the pitch later ?

Also, to make the verga look a little beautiful by putting some burn spots on it. Does that by any chance harm the verga?

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Frankly, you're better off replacing the verga. Any patching you do to wood will create a weakness adjacent to the patch and will change the resonance and elasticity of the wood. I can't say how significant this will be, but the next time you restring it, it'll probably crack again anyway; you're just delaying the inevitable. –  stslavik Sep 6 '12 at 16:18

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You can glue it back together and then cover the end with something hard. Usually it's a piece of leather, but leather doesn't hold up.
I used run-of-the-mill 2-part epoxy for a while and it would hold up decently before the wire would start to cut deep and it needed a new coat.
The best I've tried so far is JB Weld, which is a type of epoxy. It's very hard and durable, though eventually it will need a recoat.

I don't notice any impact on the sound from doing this.

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You could try to put wood glue in the crack and than wrap the verga strongly with some cord.

But honestly i doubt that it will be possible to get the same flexibility. You will probably have to replace it.

Painting, slightly burning or even carving a good verga to add a personal touch should be no problem, if you go at it carefully.

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