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When I began making instruments in 1973, I quickly became dissatisfied with the quality of the tonewood that was available commercially. I began the practice of buying my own supplies of wood directly from the loggers and sawmills.  After many years, I have developed contacts with these suppliers, examined thousands of logs while looking for the rare log which possesses the exact combination of visual and tonal qualities required. Most trips, I return home empty handed. Once a log is acquired, it is carefully sawn and split into instrument sets which are hung to begin the drying and curing process. Each set is matched and bound together for future use. The instruments I make now are from wood I purchased and prepared in 1990.

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