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African Blackwood, a member of the rosewood family, is a species which is rapidly disappearing due to over-exploitation, primarily for the woodwind industry.
Now a piece of African Blackwood has been turned into a unique object in a small workshop in Marsden.
It means the African Blackwood that is favoured by woodwind instrument-makers across the world is being sustainably sourced, with the local growers paid proper rates for the work they do in growing the trees.
Hanson, based in Warehouse Hill, have started manufacturing the clarinet, which is made from African Blackwood from responsibly managed forests in Tanzania.
Mike Chandler, chairman of Environment Africa Trust, which has funded the Sound & Fair campaign to develop the market for FSC-certified African blackwood, said: "The launch of this world-first FSC-certified Hanson clarinet marks the culmination of over 15 years of vision and hard work involving the forest-dependent people of Tanzania.
If you pick up a clarinet, piccolo, oboe or flute, chances are that woodwind instrument is made from African blackwood. It is one of the few species that has good tone, can be turned and bored easily, finishes beautifully and is hard enough to accept the metal screw threads of keys.
African blackwood belongs to the species Dalbergia, making it a member of the rosewood family, but with a black, not red, tinge to it.
Taranko, vice president of the Hunter Trading Corp., Westport, Conn., sells grenadilla, or African blackwood, for the Hamburg, Germany-based Theodor Nagel Co.
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