Market for persimmon?
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Comment from contributor A:
Comment from contributor B:
There is a small but increasing interest in persimmon for use in the manufacture of custom acoustic guitars (back, sides and fingerboards). It would serve as a substitute for parts currently made from rosewood and ebony. The colors are obviously different but the mechanical and acoustic properties seem favorable.
The question in the lutherie community is where to find a supplier of the appropriate grades and dimensions. Barring that, a source for logs to be processed into billets and eventually the required parts would help.
The pressure to move away from increasingly rare and expensive tropical hardwoods could ignite a slow increase in demand for this and other renewable domestic woods.
However, until a sufficient number of guitars appear in the market, made of this wood, there will be no acceptance. It seems to be a catch-22 situation, as it is difficult to find the suppliers to experiment with the material.
The first step would be to try to connect the suppliers with the potential new consumers.
Comment from contributor J:
Persimmon is a fine wood for custom knife handles. A great market for persimmon wood exists there, and because of its tight grain, wavy figure and interesting grain, professional knifemakers would welcome its addition to their list of domestic hardwoods. It also has the reputation of being very reisitant to impact, and has been used as textile shuttles requiring thousands of hours of service. It has also been used as the handles for striking tools, another plus in its use as a knife handle material.
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