Friday, June 08, 2007

Bowing to the inevitable

Don't fiddle with the traveling violinists:

Top-flight violinists will be able to travel unhindered by endangered species restrictions after a compromise was reached on the wood in their bows.

Professionals frequently use bows made from the pau brasil tree.

....Conservation groups were disappointed that a bid to protect endangered cedar species failed.

....Pau brasil (Caesalpinia echinata), also known as Brazil wood or pernambuco, is the tree that gave the country its name. But over the centuries, about 95% of its original range in the Mata Atlantica coastal forest has disappeared.

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