Flaxwood Material & Manufacturing
Flaxwood is an innovative new tone material that is created by breaking the grain structure of natural wood and injection-molding it to shape combined with an acoustically sensitive binding agent.
Acoustic consistency and uniformly flawless quality are one of the many benefits compared to those of natural wood.
The raw material used by Flaxwood originates from the fir trees of the northern forests, from areas where the quality of sustainable forestry is ensured.
It is free of irregularities and variances in composition, such as the irregular grain and knots found in traditional tonewoods. The acoustic response of Flaxwood wood fiber composites is such that it resonates consistently and gives an even, dynamic response throughout the guitar’s range. Flaxwood is also completely unaffected by changes in temperature and humidity, making it a more reliable tone material in the constantly changing conditions of everyday use.
Flaxwood is the ecological alternative to the tonewood species, used in traditional instrument building, that are slowly nearing extinction.
The wood used as material for Flaxwood guitars creates practically no waste. Combined with our energy-efficient manufacturing process, this ensures the carbon footprint of our guitars is exceptionally low.
The emissions from the use of our current raw material total 0 kg CO2e (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044).
Our production being nearly zero-waste allows us to use multiple qualities of material. In addition, we are constantly working to improve our materials even further.
How are Flaxwood guitars manufactured?
Luthier Roderick Welch gives an in-depth look at the process of building Flaxwood guitar.
Flaxwood guitar bodies and necks are injection-molded, with the exception of the LOUHI model whose body is European alder.
The molded guitar and neck blanks are worked by hand. All of the construction, fretwork, adjustments, and fine-tuning are done by experienced luthiers here at our workshop in Finland.
This is how we understand the true essence of quality. The artisan approach of our process also makes it possible for us to prepare and deliver more heavily customized guitars to our advanced customers.