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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/o...core-ios-share

    I hope every builder reads this article about the destruction of the Tongass old growth spruce forest.
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    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but in the picture of guitars hanging in the finishing booth.... are all those tops flatsawn? I don't see a single piece of anything resembled quartered wood. What an awful waste of these trees.

    And I hope Alaskans get their wish when it comes time to recall Gov. Dunleavy. No arts council? Even a guitar of flatsawn wood is better than no music at all.

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    The only answer is to eliminate the demand for sitka spruce. Which means that we quit building or switch to other materials.

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    The solution is to use dead-fall and reclaimed Sitka Spruce and not buy from anybody who sells logged trees.
    There is absolutely no need to cut down live spruce trees for instruments -- plenty of wood to be reclaimed out there.

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    If I remember Bruce from Orcas Island Tonewoods uses only dead falls and no live trees are cut. Has been doing that for decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip View Post
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but in the picture of guitars hanging in the finishing booth.... are all those tops flatsawn? I don't see a single piece of anything resembled quartered wood. What an awful waste of these trees.
    That picture did not show spruce, most likely. They're rotary-cut, so almost certainly plywood tops. Just poor choice of photos on the part of the publisher. Doesn't really detrimentally impact the story, though.

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