Mystification about Brazilian rosewood
Yes ! It can not be sold or even transported, carried or otherwise acquired for all international borders without violating one or another country´s CITES Code and IPPC. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, adopted strict penalties on anyone who should contribute in any way to the extinction of endangered materials, which are thousands. CITES even go so far as to control the movement of tools made from any of these species. For the past 400 years, unregulated international trade in plants and animals are extinguished more than 700 species. Bison, wolf and English dwarf elephant disappeared from the satisfaction. North America has lost its mammoth, giant beaver and the American lion. We similarly decimated our flora. The varieties of ferns, orchids, grasses and oaks never see.
In 1960 , the international community acted and 80 countries met in Washington , DC, to sign the completed Convention , which entered into force in 1975. Today , 172 of the world´s 194 countries have signed the CITES . Few countries in West Africa and West Asia do not. The rules of the Convention affect the way Martin Guitar Company has been able to do construction or repairs on their guitars. These rules themselves , Martin had to change to Indian rosewood, similar to a non - vulnerable tonewood .
CITES applies only to certain plant and animal material that is crossing international boarders , as long as you intend to travel oversees with Brazilian rosewood guitar , then go ahead and make one , or own one , no problem . Where do you get wood if you want to build ? It is hard to say that it is not illegal to buy or use Brazilian rosewood in the U.S. , of course, its rarity ensures its suitability and its price is very high. Expect to pay $ 10 20thousand a perfectly reduction in raw Brazilian rosewood.
CITES only creates a " floor" limitation. Member States may lay down further rules , as long as they are stricter than CITES . Imagine being a traveling musician who intends to visit several countries with a guitar built from Brazilian rosewood. It would be possible , in accordance with each country´s CITES rules and play the tour , the guitar would be confiscated at the border by customs agents cunning .
CITES establishes a hierarchy of protection of endangered species of plants and animals. Appendix I includes species risk of extinction. " From about 5000 species of animals and 28,000 plant species , there are a few from the list that appears on guitars. Among listed are Brazilian rosewood , elephant ivory , tortoiseshell A. Appendix II lists species that are " not necessarily now threatened with extinction ," but " may become so unless trade in specimens of such species is subject to strict regulation . " Honduran mahogany is given in Annex II . This only applies to raw wood , not finished guitar , so do not worry about getting permission for international travel with mahogany guitar when traces of other materials are discovered.
If your guitar is checked out for tortoiseshell , ivory or Brazilian rosewood , you can not legally get to or from any of the 172 member countries without permission.