Steve McMinn ducks into the hollow of an old maple tree and tears a chunk of wood from its insides. It’s not easy to find the perfect tree.
“Sometimes your fingers can tell you more than your eyes,” he said. “It has to be a straight tree, a fairly large tree, a tree that didn’t grow too quickly nor too slowly.”
It also has to be flexible enough to vibrate, pleasing to the eyes and ears, and strong enough to hold a musical instrument together.