Use of North American woods when possible is important to Cavins Guitars for a couple of reasons.
First, as a guiding principle, Cavins Guitars strives to choose the most local suppliers possible for all our raw materials. Guitarmaking is a specialized field, and truly local supplies aren’t always available, but location is always a consideration for us. As an environmental concern, the less travel our raw materials do, the better; as an economic concern, the more local our business can be, the better. We want to support our neighbors’ businesses with our own.
Because we’re lucky enough to have a truly local tonewood cutter that’s one of the best in the business, we can keep our tonewood business local, which is good for our economy. We are deep in farm country, so we like to support local farmers with our food purchases; we strive to do the same with our woods.
The second reason is environmental; it’s simply impossible to guess under what conditions many common guitar woods are harvested. Some are, doubtless, very good, and others very bad. We want to use the best wood available, but not at the cost of encouraging irresponsible management of old-growth or endangered forests, or exploitation of local people and resources. Luckily, there are many beautiful, functional, and sustainable choices for making first-rate guitars here in North America.