They claim mass manufacturing could wipe out the African blackwood
tree within 20 years.
Ebony was an especially good choice for woodwind instruments, although African blackwood
now competes with ebony in those uses.
Said Alastair: "The musical instrument industry is one of the largest consumers of Mpingo, the East African Blackwood
That is American poplar, which is sent to Milan, Italy, where it is dyed or 'ebonized' and used as a substitute for African blackwood
Sound & Fair aims to realise a sustainable trade in African blackwood
Although modern substitutes such as African blackwood
or ebony have better defined qualities, the recent revival of early music and the attendant requirement for authentic instruments, such as bombards, hurdy-gurdys, and baroque flutes, has revived demand.
Now a piece of African Blackwood
has been turned into a unique object in a small workshop in Marsden.
If you pick up a clarinet, piccolo, oboe or flute, chances are that woodwind instrument is made from African blackwood