Here’s a great new video from Cole Clark Guitars about their use of Australian grown timber.
Cole Clark is breaking all the rules and for that they must be congratulated!
Faced with a diminishing supply of traditional tonewoods, Cole Clark is challenging the marketplace and looking towards a sustainable future.
Their use of non-traditional, and especially the use of fast-grown woods for soundboards, is revolutionary.
At the moment Cole Clark are trialling these woods from salvaged planted trees, of which this video tells a great story.
Cole Clark is also a big user of farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood.
So if you are looking for a sustainable guitar Cole Clark is a good option. Check them out.
Eventually I hope Cole Clark will take the next step on the road to sustainability and promote farm-grown tonewoods.
It’s all about the farmer!
Plant a guitar today!!
Some good news for a change from the usual political/forest industry dramas.
Melbourne-based Cole Clark guitars have just announced their all-Australian Eco series.
“These new models feature 100% sustainable timbers by replacing endangered timbers with sustainable Australian substitutes“.
Farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood features prominently in the series.
For those wanting to avoid rainforest timbers these are a great alternative.
The idea of an all-Australian commercial guitar has finally become reality.
Now the next step is to get farmers to actually start to plant and manage these timbers. I suspect most of these timbers are salvage logged rather than the result of active management.
But one step at a time.
Congratulations Cole Clark!
Cole Clark is the “outsider” of the Australian commercial guitar world.
They are new(-ish), innovative and untraditional.
In this age when the acoustic guitar market seems to go from strength to strength, makers are exploring everything new and everything old in order to supply the ever-growing market. All-mahogany and all-koa guitars were popular in the 20’s and 30’s, and they have recently made a big comeback.
So the idea of an all-blackwood guitar seems pretty straight forward to me. It should become an Aussie classic model!
But until recently they have been one-off custom makes.
Now Cole Clark of Melbourne is offering a range of all-blackwood models.
This is farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood!
They are quite understated in appearance, which to my mind fails to capitalize on blackwoods natural beauty. But it’s a great beginning. I hope they sell well.
Here’s a recent review by Cranbourne Music.
I hope one day to write a story that begins at the farm and finishes with the performer/artist. That would be a great story!