1965 Chicibul Jungle; Honduras
In 1965 in Honduras’ Chicibul Jungle a group of loggers discovered something incredible: a magnificent tree over 100ft long and 10 ft in diameter at the base. The entire tree was decorated in a spiralling bark that hinted at the serious potential of highly figured wood. With great pride and perseverance these loggers felled the tree on that day knowing that the closest mill was over 200 miles away. As daunting as it may seem to move such a large tree through the dense jungle, the loggers knew it was possible and took great pride in the challenge. Unfortunately the fell didn’t go as they planned and the gigantic tree felled into a ravine. After it felled and was cut in half a D7 Caterpillar Tractor was brought in to move the tree, but failed miserably. The Tree rested there for 18 years.
Once the tree was opened the crew knew why they had worked so hard recover the wood. The log was revealed to be the rarest of all figured Mahoganies, technically known as “blistered” or “quilted.” The cause of the grain is not known but is considered a genetic defect.
Novack carefully supervised his crew and over the course of 12 days the tree was milled with the best cut possible being the objective every time. Lumber in this capacity is measured in a “board foot” which is 144 cubic inches, 12 x 12 x 1. Novack milled 12,000 bd foots out the tree and only one third of that was quilted. The other two thirds were wavy or ribbony and a blend of quilting with ribbons.
After been air dried to %35 the wood was shipped to Miami and the drying was completed in an evaporator kiln. It is typical of Mahogany to take up to 11 days to dry. The tree took 30 days to kiln dry because of it’s density. 1/2 of the wood remained in Miami while the other 1/2 was shipped to Handloggers in Sausalito California.
Due to it’s historical journey and extreme rarity the tree is the most highly sought after wood for guitars today and is very,very limited in supply.
It is my extreme pleasure to offer some exquisite guitars for sale by the finest luthiers in the world
“The Tree” Facettes ArchTop
Reserve Top, Premium “The Tree” Mahogany Back, Sides, Headstock Overlay, Bindings, Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Honduran Mahogany Neck (Black Stain), Rogers Tuners with Sterling Silver and Black Pearl, New Facettes Carve
It is my extreme honour to present to you the opportunity to own one of the most exquisite guitars ever crafted. This lifetime masterpiece is available for pre-sale with deposit. Guitar is scheduled to finish by May-June 2018 and will be hand delivered. “The Tree” Facettes is not only an extraordinary guitar it is a heirloom instrument with incredible potential as an investment.
OM: Goldaline Bear Claw Sitka Spruce Top, Premium “The Tree” Mahogany, Back and Sides, ArmBevel, Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge, 14 Fret to Body, 1 3/4 ” Nut Width, 2 1/4″ String Spacing
arriving Feb 2018
Lutz Spruce Top, Premium “The Tree” Mahogany, Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge, 1 3/4 ” Nut Width, 2 1/4″ String Spacing
arriving Feb – March 2018
“The Tree” Mahogany, Top, Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge, 1 3/4 ” Nut Width, 2 1/4″ String Spacing
arriving Feb – March 2018
Ervin’s Choice Top, Premium Quilted Tree Mahogany Back, Sides, Neck, One of a Kind Rosette, Headstock Inlay, Tree Wood Inlay on Fretboard
Simply put, the most exquisite flat top one could ever dream of.