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From Dana’s Bench: How Torrefied Woods Benefit Bourgeois Guitars

tonewoods at Bourgeois Guitars

The Vikings never reached the stony shores of Down East Maine. But one revolutionary wood-manipulating technology that helped them explore the North is impacting how we make guitars here in Lewiston. What is torrefied wood? Torrefied wood is wood changed chemically by intentional, controlled heat treatment. The nimble and seaworthy Viking ships that raided the […]

Understanding Tonewoods

dana bourgeois in his shop

Watching Dana Bourgeois select the tonewoods for a future guitar is like watching a great chef gather the ingredients for the meal of a lifetime. Dana and his team flex and tap each piece to hear its inherent musical tones. They scratch the wood and inhale the pungent scent of mahogany or rosewood as the […]