Here’s a couple of articles I found recently that feature around the troubled issue of international tonewoods.
The first is a recent article from National Geographic (April 2013) on the fate of mahogany in Peru titled “Mahogany’s Last Stand” – not a happy story.
The second is from a website called Impact Forestry – Smart Forest Investment. The articles about the tonewood market are interesting, especially his idea of creating an “international tonewood reserve & plantation” to ensure future tonewood supplies.
A Tasmanian Blackwood Growers Cooperative would fit very well into that kind of model.