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Trees harvested as part of a mine remediation project are gaining new life as limited edition guitars. A portion of the proceeds from the guitars will provide clean water in Central America due to a unique collaboration. Here, we tell the story of the Limited Edition Holden Village Taylor GS Mini Guitar.
The story begins at Holden Village in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington. A mine remediation project in the Railroad Creek Valley necessitated the removal of many Engelmann spruce trees.
David Olson, a frequent guest at Holden Village, wanted to come up with a creative use for the harvested trees.
David contacted Steve McMinn, founder and owner of Pacific Rim Tonewoods, a company that provides wood for soundboards for guitars and other instruments. They discussed how they could create a guitar out of the Engelmann spruce trees. These trees are valuable for building instruments due to their rich sound and clean look.
McMinn pitched the idea to Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars, who agreed to make a limited edition of its acoustic GS Mini series.
Since the mine remediation project aims at cleaning up Railroad Creek, Olson and McMinn decided to bring the idea full circle by donating a large portion of the guitar proceeds to two clean water organizations: El Porvenir and Living Waters for the World.
Here, McMinn checks the template for the guitar.
The Holden guitar is made with an Engelmann spruce soundboard and maple veneer body.
Read the full story about the Holden Village Taylor GS Mini Guitar here.
Click here to order your very own guitar!
Joe Mazza, the Director of Worship at Broomfield United Methodist Church, plays his new guitar during worship practice. You can read his thoughts about the guitar on our blog.
Photos courtesy of the Holden Village Guitar partnership.