I live in the middle of the state of Washington, surrounded by the mountains, lakes and forests that I have loved for my entire life. Near to me is a lake - 50 miles long and a mile wide, that extends into the Cascade mountains. There is no access to the end of the lake except by water - yet there is a thriving community that even boasts a one room school house and a few hundred residents.
During the 50's a large lead/zinc/copper mine was active on the hillside above the lake. It didn't boast of a school house, but rather a house with a red light on the poarch and the highest per capita beer consumption in the US. Like so many mines, the Holden Mine played out and was abandoned - leaving a ghost town of delapadated equipment, housing and toxic tailings which are now leaching into the lake.
The property around the mine was purchase by the Lutherian Church who established a retreat - even tho I am not of that faith I have been to the Village several times while hiking and climbing in that area - the Villiage is pretty much the antithesis of the mine and its relics. But the mine couldn't be ignored and finally after all these years a multimillion dollar effort is starting to clean up the mess - every piece of equipment has to be barged to the site and all the contamination removed by water. It was necessary to clear some timber to get the equipment in and out of the site.
As they were falling the trees someone noticed that a couple of them were Engleman Spruce - desirable as tone woods. They were removed at great expense and Bob Taylor has contracted to make a limited run of GS Mini's out of it
The other day I called Pacific Rim Tonewoods, the company milling the spruce and asked if I could get a couple of top sets - I told them that the lake and village were special to me and I would love to build a guitar or two out of that wood. They said Taylor had spoken for the wood but they would see what they could do.