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Timber

I am a conservationist as well as a user of tropical timber. I see no conflict, since I am a paying customer of third world products and give them
every reason to sustainably harvest their resources. I am concerned, however, when I find that guitarists only want one timber, regardless of its
rarity,because it is imagined to possess some legendary sound quality. No timber is unique nor do guitars all have to look like clones of each other.

There are excellent alternatives to Rio Rosewood and conservation is best served by using a diversity of species. For this reason I hold a wide
ranging stock of timber varieties ~ tropical and temperate ~ for custom build clients to choose from. I can make a completely non-rainforest guitar
if you want one. My timber store and workshop are humidity controlled and centrally heated. Some of my stock was bought from other makers and
is older than my involvement in luthiery. Much of the rest is over 5 years old. Regular weighings of samples ensure stability is attained before use
in a 45% RH atmosphere. High quality raw materials carefully nurtured definitely improve wines and guitars!

Species and grain pattern list

Key: (#) I have only one set of each of these
(PF) from Paul Fischer's 'exotics' collection

Aruda (# PF)
Avodire (satinwood pattern) (#)
Bubinga
Cocobolo
Cypress
Flamed Mango ~ NEW
Imbuya
Lacewood
Madrona (#)
Mahogany varieties: Plain; Diagonal ripple; Quilted (#)
Maple varieties:Plain; Flamed; Bird’s Eye; Lace
Ovangkol
Padauk ~ African and Andaman Island
Pau Rosa (#)
Ropala Lacewood (#)
Rosewood varieties: Honduras; Indian; Madagascar;
Palo Escrito; Pau Ferro; S.E. Asian
Sapele
Vanuatu Cedar (a tightly flamed Koa relative)
Wenge
Yew