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A Look at Sitka Spruce’s Importance to Alaska

February 8th, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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. Read More…

Calls for Sitka Blacktail Deer

January 16th, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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 Read More…

Be Careful When Cutting Frozen Sitka Spruce

January 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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 Read More…

The Universal Benefits of Using Salvaged Soundboards

December 26th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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,” Read More…

Sitka Spruce and Turkey Calls

April 6th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods
Turkey Calls

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 Read More…

Reasons to Use Sitka Spruce for Your Soundboard

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods
Sitka Spruce Soundboard

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 Read More…

Interesting Facts about Sitka Spruce Trees

January 6th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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 Read More…

Building Soundboards with Salvaged Wood

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by Alaska Woods

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 Read More…

How to Clean Your Sitka Spruce Guitar

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by Alaska Woods

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. Read More…

Six types of Tonewood and The Sounds They Create

July 27th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

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 Read More…