Scott Paul is Taylor’s Director of Sustainability. Explore previous articles from Wood&Steel about Taylor’s sustainability-focused efforts below.

Volume 108 . 2024 Issue 1

Mahogany’s Sprawling Family Tree

Scott Paul unpacks the confusing array of naming conventions associated with mahogany.

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Volume 107 . 2023 Issue 3

Eco Trip

Scott Paul traces the history of musicians and environmental advocacy and talks with Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies about the band’s involvement in environmental causes.

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Volume 106 . 2023 Issue 2

Back to Cameroon: An Ebony Project Update

Four years after their last trip to Cameroon, Scott Paul and Bob Taylor returned and saw firsthand the promising growth of the Ebony Project.

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Volume 105 . 2023 Issue 1

Conventional Wisdom

After attending the recent international conference for the CITES convention in Panama, Scott Paul reports on how the growing focus on tree species could impact the future of musical instruments.

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Volume 104 . 2022 Issue 3

Branching Out

As Taylor’s urban wood initiative expands to include red ironbark, Scott Paul explains the value of our work with West Coast Arborists and how eucalyptus trees became so prolific in California.

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Volume 103 . 2022 Issue 2

Fast Times at Taylor Guitars

Amid a rapidly changing landscape, it’s more important than ever to adapt and innovate.

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Volume 102 . 2022 Issue 1

Plastic Surgin’

We take a deeper dive into the growing problem of global plastic pollution as we search for ways to reduce our own plastic use.

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Volume 101 . 2021 Issue 3

The Ebony Project: Growing Into Phase 2

A decade after buying an ebony mill in Cameroon, our efforts to ensure an ethical ebony supply chain have led to new scientific discoveries and a scalable community planting program that’s on the verge of doubling in size.

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Volume 100 . 2021 Issue 2

No Finish Line

Our drive to develop better and more eco-friendly guitar finishes demonstrates that environmental stewardship will always be an ongoing effort.

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Volume 99 . 2021 Issue 1

Seeds of Change in a Changing World

In an age of climate change, growing the right tree in the right place is more important than ever. Here’s why.

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Volume 98 . 2020 Issue 3

Growth Potential

With two planting projects in the works, Taylor’s collaboration with partners like West Coast Arborists sheds light on the challenges and benefits of creating a circular economy around urban trees.

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Volume 97 . 2020 Issue 2

Three Part Harmony

Our innovative efforts to preserve the future of ebony, koa and urban trees reveal three profoundly different approaches. Yet all are linked by our commitment to improving local ecosystems and the communities that rely on them.

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Additional Articles

Volume 96 . 2020 Issue 1

Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees

Scott Paul explains the value of urban trees and how Taylor’s collaboration with a California-based arborist can support the regreening of city and suburban areas.

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Volume 95 . Fall 2019

Reliable Sources

A closer look at the history of wood selection for guitars and how things have changed.

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Volume 95 . Fall 2019

Rosewood and CITES

In August of 2019, CITES voted to exempt rosewood musical instruments from requiring CITES permits. Scott Paul was there and explains what it means for instrument makers and owners.

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Volume 94 . Summer 2019

A Fresh Assessment

Scott Paul traces the technological progress that has enabled the status of wood species to be assessed more accurately and reveals why that’s good news for ebony. Plus, our ebony initiative in Cameroon reaches a new milestone.

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Volume 93 . Winter 2019

Tracking Progress

Scott Paul shares an update on our work with The Ebony Project in Cameroon, koa reforestation in Hawaii, and the protected status of rosewood.

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Volume 92 . Fall 2018

Is Our Wood Good?

Are Taylor guitars ethically made? Scott Paul explores this important question based on the different materials that go into a guitar.

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Volume 91 . Summer 2018

Reforestation: From Politics to Planting

Scott Paul explains why forest restoration and reforestation are becoming major themes within international forest policy circles and how Taylor fits into the conversation with ebony and koa reforestation projects.

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Volume 91 . Summer 2018

An Ebony Plan Takes Root

Jim Kirlin chronicles Taylor’s six years of work to transform an ebony mill in Cameroon, learn about ebony ecology and developing a planting program. Plus: A preview of Taylor’s new ebony guitar slides.

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Volume 90 . Winter 2018

CITES Regulations and a Public-Private Partnership

Scott Paul reports on Taylor’s efforts to amend CITES rosewood regulations and a new public-private partnership agreement with the government of Cameroon to support the replanting of ebony.

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