Nicholas Daniel, the internationally celebrated oboist and conductor, has called upon woodwind players to think about the wood that is used in their instruments and the impact it has on the environment and forest communities in Africa.
“In the next few months the first ever crop of sustainably harvested African blackwood, certified by the internationally-renowned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), will be available for woodwind makers to purchase and prepare to be made into instruments over the next few years.
“I am so excited and proud to be involved with this remarkable project, that pays for the first time a proper rate to growers in Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world.”
“It is time that we look at the wood of our oboes as WOOD, as something that grew, that someone tended, owned, harvested, prepared.
“It is no longer acceptable that anyone is treated unfairly in the making of our beautiful instruments, or that someone in a country far away with few of the benefits we have suffers as a result of our search for beauty.
“We can help directly in this situation, and we can make a difference. We just need to express our commitment and enthusiasm for FSC-certified wood with our makers, and make it clear that we want a fair deal for growers in Tanzania.”