Sitka Spruce

A Look at Sitka Spruce’s Importance to Alaska

By Brent Cole / February 8, 2017

If everyone reading this could come to Alaska and see Sitka Spruce trees in person, they’d marvel at their majesty. Indeed, life in Alaska is a treat for the senses– just one look around the forest here and you’ll stand in awe, impressed at nature’s beauty. Alaska Specialty Woods is proud to call Alaska home.…

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Calls for Sitka Blacktail Deer

By Brent Cole / January 16, 2017

While Alaska Specialty Woods is well known for supplying the finest Sitka Spruce instrument tonewood for guitar tops, did you know the company also offers Drop Shot Calls for hunters? In Alaska, when hunters want to find and attract Sitka blacktail deer, they often order doe Bleat sound calls from Alaska Specialty Woods. Made from…

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Be Careful When Cutting Frozen Sitka Spruce

By Brent Cole / January 3, 2017

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for sourcing the finest Sitka Spruce tonewoods for soundboards available through sustainable forestry and responsible wood use. What happens when Sitka Spruce trees freeze, though? Temperatures in Alaska have been quite cold these past few weeks, and an area tree surgeon named Dennis Symmons had an interesting tale to tell…

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The Universal Benefits of Using Salvaged Soundboards

By Brent Cole / December 26, 2016

People in Alaska like to listen to KTOO, a not-for-profit Juneau-based public radio station that shares interesting stories about life in Alaska. Recently, KTOO posted an article on its website about Sitka spruce, the wood that has helped make guitars and violins sound so good the world over. Sitka spruce is used as a “tonewood,”…

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Sitka Spruce and Turkey Calls

By Brent Cole / April 6, 2016

Did you know you can use Sitka spruce wood to make turkey calls? Turkey hunters use turkey calls to attract turkeys to them so they can hunt, shoot and kill them. By imitating the sounds of turkeys, which include gobbles, clucks, purrs and yelps, hunters can be very successful. In general, turkey calls are done…

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Reasons to Use Sitka Spruce for Your Soundboard

By Brent Cole / February 3, 2016

To the average person, a guitar is a guitar. They don’t pay much attention to details. However, for musicians who love their instruments, a guitar isn’t just a guitar, and how each one is made truly matters for both aesthetic and musical reasons. A guitar soundboard is something music makers care about because it plays…

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Interesting Facts about Sitka Spruce Trees

By Brent Cole / January 6, 2016

Sitka, Alaska has a total area of 4,811 square miles, making it the largest incorporated city by area in the U.S. Interestingly, Sitka is only accessible by boat or plane because–get this–it’s a series of islands in the Pacific Ocean. About 9,000 people call Sitka home, making it sparsely populated. There are more trees than…

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Building Soundboards with Salvaged Wood

By Brent Cole / April 21, 2015

Before a tree is ready to be hewn and milled into soundboards, it has to mature until its growth lines reach a minimal density of roughly 10 lines per inch. In hardwood species, this maturation process takes roughly 95 years. In softwoods, it takes a minimum of 200 years. The trees we cut are, on…

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How to Clean Your Sitka Spruce Guitar

By Brent Cole / April 1, 2014

Just like any other machine, it will work at its best when it is clean and looking like brand new. Playing your guitar for an extended period of time is sure to leave it needing a cleanup. However, it is important that you take special care of the Sitka Spruce wood and clean it properly.…

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Six types of Tonewood and The Sounds They Create

By Brent Cole / July 27, 2013

The body of a guitar is one of the largest factors in its sound quality and lifespan. The neck and the type of wood used in the creation are also extremely crucial. If you’re trying to select a tonewood, consider the effect it will have on the sound, versus your play style. For example, if…

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