Tree re-planting SCHEME...

Double basses are large instruments which require large pieces of wood, on average a front for a double bass will consist of two pieces of Spruce from a tree which is over 150 years old. A similar age is used for the maple or sycamore back. Due to the age and size of tree which is needed to make these instruments as well as increased deforestation across the globe it is important to take steps to decrease the effect of this on the earth. Each bass that I make I will donate a percentage of the profits to re-forestation schemes.

 

Sourcing Wood...  

It is important to know where the wood that is used is coming from, I use trusted wood suppliers in the UK as well as in Germany and Italy, I often visit and speak to my suppliers in order to source the best quality wood that is available. 

 

Ebony... 

Ebony is commonly used for fingerboards, nuts and saddle, it is possible that in the future ebony will go the same way as Rosewood and become illegal to deal and sell. Ebony is an endangered wood and although still the wood of choice for these parts there are alternatives available. As well as ebony I am able to offer other hard wood alternatives as well as technologically modified woods.

 

Waste Wood...   

When making a double bass, the percentage of wood that is left as the instrument is quite low, there is a large amount of waste, I ensure that none of this waste wood is thrown away or put into land fill. All of my waste wood is used as fuel, mulching on allotments or farms, or used for other craft making.