The revolution only succeeds together
In March 2018, a workshop was held at Wilhelm Geigenbau. Various international violin manufacturers got introduced to Sonowood and manufactured fingerboards from the samples provided. The feedback on processability was uniformly positive.
To finish the one-week workshop on a high note, the Pacific Quartet Vienna held its inaugural concert with their instruments featuring Sonowood. The musicians reacted very positively to the improved sound characteristics of their respective instruments.
The Swiss national TV captured the results of the workshop, the video can be watched here.
Under the label Canna Guitars and in cooperation with Norbert Schmid of DRUMPARAM, Jakob Frank manufactures instruments whose body is made of Hempstone, a patented natural fibre material made of hemp fibres and water. On his latest model, he used Sonowood for the fingerboard, bridge and the headstock. The result is an aesthetically and acoustically appealing guitar that is completely free of tropical woods.
Canna Guitar by Jakob Frank.
Robert Stempfle manufactory for woodwind instruments
Robert Stempfle is a trained woodwind instrument maker and clarinetist. In his specialist workshop for woodwind instruments in Zurich, he carries out all repairs and revisions of woodwind instruments. He has been a development partner of Swiss Wood Solutions since 2015. In January 2019, Robert Stempfle made the first clarinet from Sonowood.
The first clarinet built from Sonowood.
Pictures by Robert Stempfle woodwind manufactory.