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MARTIN GUITAR'S 3rd Wood Summit To Be Held Thursday, May 12 at Nazareth, PA Headquarters

woodsmtNazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. has announced the Third Wood Summit will be held at the company's headquarters in Nazareth, PA on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The biennial full-day Summit will commence with an agenda of discussions, networking and presentations that address issues and trends related to the species and supply of woods purchased for acoustic guitars.

Directed to an audience of domestic and international suppliers representing 12 wood supply companies, the Summit will be facilitated by Wood Sourcing Specialist Linda R. Davis-Wallen and Michael Dickinson, Exotic, Alternative and Sustainable Wood Buyer.

The day's themes will concentrate on the C. F. Martin Supplier Manual, as well as: updates regarding Forest Stewardship Council certification; Verification of Legal Origin and Harvest in C. F. Martin's Supply Chain and theirs; the transparency and documentation that are necessary for Lacey Act compliance; New and alternative woods or materials and Species and supply issues.

"Our commitment to using pure and lasting wood products is reflected in the quality and craftsmanship of every Martin Guitar we produce," says Chris Martin IV, CEO of Martin Guitar. "This Summit highlights that excellence and brings to the table important issues within our industry that will ensure those traditions continue and expand to more builders and designers."

Also planned during the Summit will be the 3rd Commemorative Tree Planting and group photo (available digitally to media directly following event).

Key MEDIA Events To Be Held During Summit Include:
1:00 p.m. | Chris Martin, C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. CEO speaks
1:30 p.m. | Plant a Tree Dedication to the Wood Summit and Photo op
2:15-3:45 p.m. | Verification of Legal Origin/Harvest, Lacey Act & C.F. Martin Wood Purchasing Policy Panel

    Confirmed Panelists include:
  • Craig Fedchock, Director, International Capacity Development at USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
  • Gweneth Langdon, Chain of Custody Coordinator, U.S. Northeast Region, Rainforest Alliance/SmartWood Program
  • Rob Garner, Executive Director, Think CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Scott Paul, Director, U.S. Forest Campaign Greenpeace & Environmental Chamber Director, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) US Board of Directors
  • Joseph Frasetta, District Forrester, and Timothy Dugan, Asst. District Forester, DCNR Bureau for Forestry
  • Tom Roche, Founder and Coordinator,

About Martin Guitar

C.F Martin & Co. ( has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder. Founded in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, the privately held company has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. Christian Frederick ("Chris") Martin IV took the helm of the company in 1986 and is its current chairman and CEO. Under his guidance, the company has introduced a number of new and innovative models that appeal to musicians, including the popular acoustic/electric Performing Artist Series, and several custom and signature Artist Editions.

Martin guitars are the instruments of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies; on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the pages of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere (including in the hands of Jeff Daniels and Hugh Laurie on the covers of the last two issues of Guitar Aficionado). Connect with Martin on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and many other social media via

Media Contacts

Matt Biscuiti Dick Boak
The Lippin Group C. F. Martin & Co.
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