The tonewood department is a pet project of mine. I trained and qualified as a musical instrument maker in the 1970's and the pleasure of selecting and handling tonewoods has been an ever present nostalgic itch ever since.
I can currently offer the broadest range of species and the best quality of product that I have ever had. Most of the product range is produced in house to the highest levels of quality and precision. These qualities have been well appreciated and have been exported to many other tonewood dealers worldwide.
I am obliged to buy some products already milled in the country of origin. Over the years I have found trading partners able to produce a consistant level of quality. Where possible I select these products on a piece by piece basis with the knowledge that there is no market in the U.K. for low quality or 'factory' grade wood.
The instrument, shown above right, was built by the proprietor, Robert Smith, in 1979.
From 2nd January 2017 if you wish to export articles that are partly or fully made from newly listed species of Rosewood, Padauk and Bubinga then the export will need to be accompanied by a CITES re-export permit. It is possible that the importer/customer of the article may need to apply for a CITES import permit from their own authorities and this should be investigated before the export happens.
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