As a company that relies on African ebony and other precious tonewoods to craft our guitars, we at Taylor have a responsibility to be ethical stewards of these natural resources in order to safeguard their sustainability.
In 2011, Taylor became the co-owner of an ebony mill in Cameroon. Thus began a remarkable journey to learn every aspect of the ebony trade, including its impact on the forest ecosystems of Africa’s Congo Basin and the local communities that rely on ebony for their livelihood. The more we’ve learned the more our mission in Cameroon has evolved. We’re improving harvesting practices. We’re transforming the milling operation. We’re planting ebony for the future.
We call our work in Cameroon the Ebony Project, and we made a film about it. Here’s a preview.