23 Dec '13, 8pm
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Music experts will tell you that the finest guitars are made using exotic wood, such as rosewood, ebony and mahogany. But as usual, voracious human appetite is taking its toll on the timber of the world and while guitar makers' part in the devastation of deforestation is relatively small - they are starting to feel the strain. But one group of Finnish instrument makers claims to have found a harmonious solution in the "flaxwood tree"; a piece of mythical fauna said to grow in the northern woods around Joensuu in Eastern Finland, where vast misty forests abound and the locals' hearts are "full of music". But the tree has one major drawback... It doesn't really exist! Rather than being a real plant, the flaxwood tree is in fact an inventive solution to the problem of disappearing tonewood (the term used to describe the types of wood used to make musical instruments). Those c...