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A Tree Grows in Sitka

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Not sure how many acoustic guitar players we have reading the blog, but did you know that Greenpeace is teaming up with Fender, Gibson, Martin and Taylor to help protect the Sitka spruce tree and some tropical woods like like mahogany, ebony and rosewood, which are starting to become scarce? Yes, it seems guitar makers are finally wising up to the simple fact that if we go on logging as we have, there won't be a future for them.

Martin, for example, has been around for 175 years. Clearly they want to be around for another 175, which is why they're starting to change tactics.

map.gifSitka spruce trees (that's Sitka, Alaska, by the way, home of the new Chabon novel), used to make the soundboards in acoustic guitars that produce the richest tone, have to be at least 250 years old. If present logging conditions continue, the last of "˜em will be gone in 7 years. So, in order to ensure that doesn't happen, Greenpeace wants logging companies to apply for certification by an environmental organization that would require the adoption of different practices. In addition to the guitar makers already named, surprise, surprise, Sting and Dave Matthews are lending their names to the effort, as well.
I've owned many acoustics over the years, but for some reason, my favorite is still the very first one I bought in junior high: a Canadian Seagull.

What's your favorite?

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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