The Sustainable Sound
Flaxwood is an ecological alternative to wood species used in traditional instrument building. The alternative is truly needed, because – as we all know – these species are slowly nearing extinction.
Traditional tonewood species are becoming increasingly scarce due to several factors. These include the diminishing availability of suitable timber, resulting in lower quality and non-traditional cutting technics (flatsawn vs. quartersawn). Political issues and natural disasters including global climate change also have their effects on the structure of the wood and native forests throughout the world.
Yet the harvesting continues
Overexploitation and illegal logging accounts for 50–90 % of all forestry activities in key producer tropical forests, such as those of the Amazon Basin, Central Africa and Southeast Asia, 15–30 % of all wood traded globally. Trade in illegally harvested timber is highly lucrative and estimated to be worth between $30–$100 billion USD annually. When the music stops, 90 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide being put back into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to several years of global emissions, makes limiting global warming more and more difficult.
That's not our game
The Flaxwood technology and production method can be used to replace endangered wood species with materials that have the desired tonal quality, durability, and look and feel. Natural fiber composite technology allows the ecologically sustainable manufacture of musical instruments.
Components for instruments are produced by using effective serial production technology (injection molding).
This material provides a uniform tone through the elimination of grain structure, along with consistent quality and component supply. Component manufacturing capacity can be easily increased. Wood sourcing, logistics and warehouse management are not necessary to the process.
Parts produced with this method avoid distortion by air humidity and are therefore highly suitable for global trading and travel to concerts across climate zones.