Local Wood Challenge (LWC)

To cope with the new regulations of international trade and the overexploitation of tropical woods, the Salon de la Belle Guitare - in collaboration with associations APLG, EGB, LGRP and CSFI - presents for the third time at Guitares au Beffroi the project The Local Wood Challenge !


The Concept

A guitar made of 100% local woods1 : This is what each participating exhibitor will have achieved. This instrument will be identified on the luthier's stand by a tag representing the LWC tree (see logo opposite). The "Local Wood Challenge" conference on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 am will bring together all these guitars. Pre-show promotion will advertise this special presentation to the media and public, inviting them to attend the conference, where each instrument will be presented individually.

We also invite makers to come and introduce other materials such as plants (bamboo), composite materials already used mainly for fingerboards, bridges and headplates (Richlite, Blackwood tek, Rocklite etc.) or any initiative that allows replacement of tropical timber with alternative solutions which are not exploiting natural resources.

The EGB, APLG, LGRP and CSFI associations will jointly set up a "Local Wood Challenge" stand. It will be curated by Jacky Walreat (LGRP) and will present different guitars already made with local woods. The LWC guitars made by the participants will also be exhibited alternately at their respective stands at times, rotating them between their maker’s stand and the LWC one.

Exhibitors participating in the LWC will be marked in the show plan for easy recognition and location by the visitors.


First Experiences

Leornado Research Guitar Project – Test with local wood and tropical wood

The Local Wood Challenge (LWC) was created for the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016 by the European Guitar Builders association (EGB) who organize this show in Berlin each year.

What must the exhibitor do ?

Before anything else and in order to obtain the LWC tag to be placed on your stand, it is necessary to register the LWC guitar (s) on the website of the EGB association, who are the founders of this project:


Participation is voluntary and free, subject to correctly providing all required data collected during registration. For more information: contact Tania Spalt (email in the page link above).

Some local materials used in the manufacture of acoustic guitars as part of the Leonardo Guitar Research Project:

Backs and sides: Beech, Birch, Ash, Chestnut, Plane, Alder, Cherry, French Walnut, Poplar, Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia) Rowan(sorbus aucuparia), Boxwood, Oak, 
Fingerboards and bridges: Yew (taxus baccata), Service Tree (sorbus domestica, other English names include Sorb Tree and Whitty Pear) , Plum (prunus domestica) Boxwood (buxus sempervirens), Black Locust (robinia pseudoacacia), Lilac (syringa vulgaris), Golden chain (laburnum)
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