sustainable guitar

Author(s)

Austin ClowesChip Barber

In this episode of the WRI Podcast, Lawrence MacDonald sits down with Chip Barber and Austin Clowes of the Forest Legality Initiative to talk about their work on sustainability in the guitar industry.

The music industry sells millions of guitars a year, and the instrument is integral to musical traditions from blues and rock ‘n roll to flamenco and classical music. These traditions rely on specific types of wood, known as tonewoods, to produce the distinctive timbre of the guitar.

Author(s)

Austin Clowes

A twisting branch of mahogany. Photo by Kinnla/Flickr

 

 

Welcome to the final installment of WRI’s six-part blog series on the future of tonewoods, the woods used in guitars and other musical instruments. In each installment, we look at a different species of tree used for a certain part of the guitar. Each wood presents its own challenges and possibilities surrounding sustainable harvest.

Author(s)

Austin Clowes

Rosewood is sought for use in guitar fretboards like this one. Bill Selak/Flickr

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the fourth installment of WRI’s six-part blog series on the future of tonewoods, the woods used in guitars and other musical instruments. In each installment, we look at a different species of tree used for a certain part of the guitar. Each wood presents its own challenges and possibilities surrounding sustainable harvest. 

Author(s)

Austin Clowes

Bigleaf maple forest. Photo by Dru!/Flickr

 

 

 

Welcome to the third installment of WRI’s six-part blog series on the future of tonewoods, the woods used in guitars and other musical instruments. In each installment, we look at a different species of tree used for a certain part of the guitar. Each wood presents its own challenges and possibilities surrounding sustainable harvest. 

Author(s)

Austin ClowesEmily Kaldjian

Koa tree on Oahu, Hawaii. Photo credit: David Eickhoff/flickr

 

 

 

Welcome to the second installment of WRI’s six-part blog series on the future of tonewoods, the woods used in guitars and other musical instruments. In each installment, we look at a different species of tree used for a certain part of the guitar. Each wood presents its own challenges and possibilities surrounding sustainable harvest. 

Author(s)

Austin ClowesChip BarberEmily Kaldjian

Worker routs the top of an acoustic guitar. Photo credit: RA Beattie/Musicians for Forests

 

 

When you listen to a guitar, what you hear is not the strings. It’s the wood – known as tonewood – that vibrates, defines tone and creates sound.