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Honduras Mahogany Guitar & Uke Parts Now Available!
For more than a decade, GreenWood has partnered with the Taylor Guitar Company, the U.S. Forest Service and others to train Honduran community sawyers in the production of high-quality mahogany guitar parts from well-managed forests. Now—for the first time—we are able to offer the U.S. guitar-building market a small quantity of mahogany guitar and ukulele necks, along with a few sets of backs and sides. This is the dark, smooth mahogany so highly prized by the trade for its stability and its excellent “carveable” texture. It also comes from one of the only managed sources of Honduras mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) that actually comes from Honduras. It is legal, kiln-dried and carefully harvested from large trees to produce the good quarter and straight grain (and no juvenile wood) that meets or exceeds the expectations of high-end luthiers.
Good news is not something we’ve come to associate with Honduras, a country that has been overwhelmed by an explosion in drug trafficking and gang violence, which are contributing directly to the tide of unaccompanied children flooding our southern border. So much tragedy, so close to home, and so few stories of successful ventures that are making a real difference.
GreenWood Featured in New York Times
Check out Elisabeth Malkin's "Copén Journal" in the February 12, 2014, edition of The New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/world/americas/lawlessness-undoing-effort-to-save-honduran-forests.html
First-Ever Yale Forestry Innovation Prize Awarded to GreenWood
New Haven, Connecticut
GreenWood and its Honduran counterpart, Fundación Madera Verde, received the first-ever Innovation Prize from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). The $5,000 prize was awarded by an international panel of judges, based on a joint presentation by GreenWood and Madera Verde at the 20th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Conference, held at Yale's Kroon Hall January 30 to February 1, 2014.
Link to narrated GreenWood PowerPoint on Yale Webinar (1-hour run time): https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Taylor Guitars Honored with Award for Corporate Excellence
In a ceremony on Wednesday, January 29, at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Bob Taylor, president of Taylor Guitars, was presented with the prestigious 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to honor the company's transformative work in establishing a legal ebony trade in Cameroon. Taylor's ebony sawmill, Crelicam, is breaking new ground in fostering improved environmental standards for ebony harvesting and better working conditions for its local employees.
Taylor explains that, when he first visited Cameroon, he was appalled by the large volume of "character grade" ebony that was being wasted in the industry's traditionally exclusive preference for the jet-black material. A key factor in their ACE selection was the company's decision to promote brown ebony as equal to black. "A lot of other companies were doing good work on the ground around the world," says Taylor. "But our decision to break out of the mold was the real game changer."