Lovemyguitar wrote:I was also fascinated by the discussion about choice of wood, acquiring it from trees near the treeline on the north face of mountains, and selecting it during certain phases of the moon!
Sounds like a Florinette (Swiss tonewood) brochure
Very interesting article. I also had a poke around Cohen's website. Seems to have a Fleta for sale at the moment …
While people these days build up a huge mythos about "moonspruce", it might be worth thinking about history. In the winter the days are shorter and back in the horse and cart world of candle light, moonlight was significant - if you could spend a couple of days in a location with no streets lights and little other lighting you would realize just how much you can see on a bright moonlit night. Now assume the ground is frozen/snow covered. It might turn out that hauling out a tree trunk from the forest using horses is actually easier in the winter than during a muddy season when you have more farming tasks to do anyway.
I do recall being told that depending on when a tree is felled (sap rising/no sap rising) there are different amounts of traces elements present. e.g. copper, which is I was told fire retardant, was the example used when I heard all this stuff many moons ago. It was part of the Germanic carpenters lore. All hearsay except the Florinette stuff - I happen to have looked at their flyer yesterday.