The Ancient Oak of Langwood Fen

Fen A fen is one of the main types of wetland. The other type of wetlands include marshes, forested swamps and peaty bogs. Fens are fed by mineral-rich surface water or groundwater. They are characterized by their water chemistry, which has neutral ph and alkaline...

The Grey Ghost Sitka

A few years ago John Wagner was hiking through his property in the remote wilderness in Washington's state magical pacific northwest. John noticed a spectacular "snag" or dead old growth spruce still standing tall. The bark at the base of the tree had peeled away...

The Story Behind Belize’s Prized Sinker Mahogany

      Belize Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Belize receives a lot of rain mostly in the months of May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, and...

Holiday Recipe’s From a Gluten Free Chef and a Guitar Part I

I love the holiday season. The music, the food, and the cheery attitude that seems to spread like the plague are just a few reasons it's my favourite time of the year. It is a great time to visit family and friends and catch up on time lost. If you're anything like...

Mt. Genevieve

Mt Genevieve December 10 2016     Haida Gwaii Backcountry 6:00am After lying awake all night I had no problem catching the morning ferry from Alliford Bay to Skidegate. It was actually not surprising but we were the only vehicle onboard the early morning sailing....

The Legend of “The Tree”

The Tree has always been of great interest to luthiers and Mahogany lovers everywhere. The tree is a denser and stiffer Mahogany that behaves somewhat like a rosewood. It's incredible tonal qualities teamed up with it's stunning appearance make it one of the most...

Introducing The Harmonic Hendrix Guitar

The HARMONIC HENDRIX HOME GUITAR™ is an unprecedented concept guitar hand-crafted in exclusive limited edition using wood from the original home of the rock and blues legend Jimi Hendrix.  A limited edition of ten custom acoustic guitars will be created in a matchless...

Sleeping Beauty Mountain Early Conditions

Just Another Day On The Mountain November 26 2016 After catching the morning ferry from Alliford Bay to Skidegate I set out for the base of Sleeping Beauty Mountain with my friend Neil Goodwin for some early season riding. There has been some snowfall this past week...

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem

Preface Finding the right guitar couldn't be any more difficult in a world full of endless options. There are approximately 20 million guitars produced every year by companies like Martin, Gibson, Larrivee and Taylor to name a few. Some of these companies can produce...

Conception of The Gravity Powered Guitar

Technology and the ease of data collection have made the world a completely different place than it was two centuries ago when guitar design was conceived. Digital demands for a guitar-like experience have grown and the demand for electrified guitars has escalated...

Form, Function, and Design of The Contemporary Guitar

There will be very few critics who will disagree that in an ideal world all made objects should be designed to be as attractive, usable, and efficacious as possible, staying within the constraints of the original problem they are trying to solve. How well things look...

Michel Pellerin Has Got It!

Michel Pellerin This years biggest surprise at the Woodstock festival in New York was Michel Pellerin's incredible tone. Within hours of the festival ending I heard from several professional musicians that Michel Pellerin has reached the next dimension of tone. Michel...

The Story of SunnaHae and The Ancient Spruce

1100 BC A towering giant Sitka dropped it's seed onto the side of a moss covered mountain named SunnaHae. It was here on the side of SunnaHae that our "Ancient" tree would lay it's roots for the following 250 years. SunnaHae is located on a large Island named "Prince...

Our Farm Table

This years garden promises a bounty of food to share with guests, friends and the local community. All guests at Symphontree Music will have the opportunity to savour the freshest food possible, cooked to perfection by a professionally trained chef.  It is no secret...

Haida Gwaii, Restoring The balance

  I Couldn't be happier to wake up every morning and enjoy the deep wild right from my porches. The Haida nations absolute dedication and respect for this land is the only reason I am able to be here today.   Read More Journal...

The Next Level of Custom Guitars By Joel Sahlstrom

Lua and Gladys Two truly historic new instruments from one of  North America's most promising young luthiers: Joel Sahlstrom. Joel's work is unlike any other builder you have played or witnessed. The lines are perfect and the tone breathes with a solid mix of...

Symphontree Music on Haida Gwaii

Symphontree Music   In the beginning there were trees. Projecting outwards from the earth in circles and lines that define the decadence of time. The concentric rings of one story weave and mould like a melody into the next movement trapped inside the infinite...

Nicole Alosinac, My Guitar Doctor

This is the woman behind it all. Without Vancouver's Nicole Alosinac there would be no Symphontree Music. Nicole's extensive knowledge of the art of luthiery has fueled my pursuit for tone more than any other influence in the world. Allow me to explain.    ...

The G Force Awakens: Episode I: Rise of The Dark Sith Lord LoTune

The Tone Diaries   Not sure how to start this or even what to say. There is something frighteningly beautiful about these guitars that leaves you feeling rattled, confused, disorientated and absolutely intrigued.  So to tell the Greenfield duo story properly I...

Mount Moresby : Early Season Conditions

Well it's that time of the year again. The colours change from green to more green and the leaves slowly paint the skyline in hues of orange and yellow. For backcountry skiers and split boarders this is the time of the season to get excited and up to date with your...

Goldaline, The Prize We Were Promised

I have often used phrases like "rings like a bell," "responsive," or "creamy mids and trebles" in order to describe guitars. These phrases seem to be default traits of fine acoustic instruments and are used often. Last night my perspective of what these terms meant...

Symphontree Music: The Guitar Resort

Haida Gwaii is a place for the curious, the adventurous, for those who see every journey as a chance to be inspired by the unexpected, intriguing and the new. It is the home of the unpredictable and incredibly memorable. Privileged by its seaside location or perfectly...

You Never Notice What’s All Around Until It Isn’t There

"You never notice whats all around until it isn't there." I found myself locked in deep thought this morning while admiring a room full of guitars. What if I had no guitars? What if there were no luthiers? How much do you appreciate your luthier? Resting my bones in...

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