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A few blogs ago, I received a bunch of questions about the origins of Guatemalan Rosewood. My response was “a certain valley in a certain country that only I have access to”. This seemed to upset some people. I have decided to give you a hint. The country is Nicaragua. Yes, it is odd that Guatemalan Rosewood trees grow in Nicaragua, but trees do not pay attention to boarders.

Nic.jpegThis is my valley.


This is me on behalf of C.F. Martin & Co donating money to gentleman named Oscar.Saplings.jpg


He started his Rosewood farm using seeds he found in the forest. 


Under the butterfly is a freshly planted sapling. In 300 years, it should be ready to be turned into guitars.

While many people only do what is necessary under the laws of the land, we are thankful for the “Oscars” of the world, who go above and beyond when it comes to the conservation and sustainability of precious resources. We will continue to support Oscar and like-minded people around the globe.

Muchos Gracias, Oscar!

Michael Dickinson is a 26-year veteran of Martin Guitar. Michael has worked in numerous departments , such as the Sawmill and Customer Service, and is the current buyer of exotic, alternative, and sustainable woods. Ask Michael is a bi-monthly column that will appear on the Martin Guitar blog.

Please note, Michael will not be responding to every comment left on the blog.

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