Blog - ProSono Hardwoods


30 August 2023

African Tonewoods for Stringed Instruments

An overview of suitable tonewood for acoustic guitar, including traditional and alternative choices – and a shortlist of recommended Southern African tonewoods for stringed instruments.
19 July 2023

A Magnificent Guitar with Red Ivory Back and Sides

A beautiful acoustic guitar with red ivory back and sides, made by one of our customers – the talented luthier, Evan Kingma.
21 April 2023

Exotic Wood for Woodworking

We discuss the best exotic woods for woodworking, including a range of beautiful hardwoods from Southern Africa.
15 November 2022

How We Process Hardwood For Musical Instruments

Find out how we process hardwood for musical instruments, from expert selection through to cutting, seasoning and shipping of the best-quality tonewood.
6 October 2022

Exotic Wood for Projects: Three of Our Favourite African Hardwoods

Factors to consider when selecting exotic wood for projects, along with details of three of our favourite African hardwoods for project work.
20 September 2022

Red Ivory Hardwood: Wood of the Zulu Kings

Red ivory hardwood was once the preserve of Zulu royalty. Today it’s sought after for making beautiful turned items, musical instruments and marquetry.
22 August 2022

5 Reasons to Invest in Our Exotic Hardwood Parquet Floors

Reasons why customers around the world choose ProSono’s exotic hardwood parquet floors, crafted by hand from precious African hardwood.
18 July 2022

Pink Ivory for Acoustic Guitars: The World’s Most Beautiful Tonewood

ProSono offers exceptionally high-quality pink ivory for acoustic guitars. Our pink ivory hardwood is ethically sourced, expertly dried and cut to the required dimensions.
7 June 2022

Mopane for Bagpipes

High-quality mopane for bagpipes – an ideal and sustainable alternative to African blackwood that’s gaining popularity with bagpipe makers worldwide.
11 April 2022

Knife Scales and Blocks in Beautiful African Hardwoods

What to consider when choosing wood for knife making and a range of recommended African hardwoods, available in pre-cut knife scales and blocks.
14 February 2022

African Blackwood Alternatives: An Update (and Some Successes)

Insights into the history, challenges and regulations surrounding the supply of African blackwood for instruments – and sustainable African blackwood alternatives.
12 January 2022

African Leadwood for Flutes: Why We’ve Named it the “Elegant Wood”

African leadwood, or “elegant wood”, is ideal tonewood for flutes and other musical instruments.
25 November 2021

Buffet Crampon’s Introduction of Mopane Clarinets: Reactions and Demos

ProSono has been following reactions to Buffet Crampon’s 2021 introduction of mopane clarinets.
23 November 2021

Mopane for Clarinets: A Breakthrough for Instrument Makers

Wider adoption of mopane for clarinets is a breakthrough for instrument makers (and musicians).
8 October 2021

ProSono’s Story: Our Approach to Sustainable Hardwood Supply

An introduction to ProSono and our approach to the sustainable harvesting and supply of African hardwoods.