Harvesting trees has been part of human history since the start. Understanding the best use of the wood once was critical to mean survival. For us the stakes have been lowered and the knowledge has been increased.
Now we pick the right kind of wood for difference criteria. Plus we have been studying how the trees grow for years. So when you want a Mahogany to be light, easy to work with, even in color. Where do you look. You look in Central America.
There is a valley that is just a hair above sea, just south of the Gulf of Honduras. This Valley is Warm, with lots of airflow, and low to sea level. During the Rainy periods much of the land is covered by shallow water. This is why Genuine Mahogany is so sought after.
We have Worked hard with the Governments in this area of the world to work out trade arrangements with the locals. We worked with them on sustainable, select harvest methods.
Remember for a Mahogany Tree to be mature enough to be considered music grade wood it must be between 50 and 100 years old. That is 2 to 4 generations for humans. If we want our great grandkids to enjoy building high quality instruments we must make the changes to how we decide which wood to buy.
Don't let this art form die in our lifetime.