Re: Sustainable Ebony
I don't talk about it much on these pages, but the local Windsor Plywood chain store here in Prince George Northern BC gets all the reject wood from the Canadial Larrivee factory. There is a LOT of wood that comes in too. One of the things that comes in at least once a year ( and they never run out) is unsloted/unproifiled ebony fretboards . The bin that they get fits on a pallet, with the sides about 36 inches tall, filled to the brim. Probably about 5 thousand individual boards. I have bought dozens of them over the last 7 years here. Lots of streeking/cracked/warped unuseable boards, but what is cracked board for guitar, is a great board for a mandolin. Boards are $13.00 each. It seems to me that I have seen a lot of ebony sifting through their piles. Hundreds of mahogany back and site sets too, and ocasionally massivly flamed koa, and they also got a few bins of reject Koa uke necks a few years back. There must have been 5000 ofr them at one point. All sizes too. Each with the headstock cut about 1 inch too short for use ! I imagine someone lost their job over that!
"Listen here Skippy. This here mandolin is older than your Grandpa, and costs more than a new Porsche, so no. No, I can't play any Whane Newton on it..."