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For Guitar Makers, Pacific Northwest Could Offer More Sustainable Wood Supply

Steve McMinn runs Pacific Rim Tonewoods near Concrete, Wash. The company mills wood grown in the Pacific Northwest for guitarmakers. (Ken Christensen/EarthFix)
Steve McMinn runs Pacific Rim Tonewoods near Concrete, Wash. The company mills wood grown in the Pacific Northwest for guitarmakers. (Ken Christensen/EarthFix)

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One of the world’s most popular musical instruments is not always the most environmentally friendly.

Guitars are made from some of the rarest woods on Earth, and they grow in parts of the world hit hard by deforestation. So some U.S. guitar makers are starting to look elsewhere for their wood supplies. And one day, they hope to shop in the Pacific Northwest.

Ken Christensen (@kentensen) from Here & Now contributor EarthFix reports.

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