Hibdon Hardwood, Inc. was founded in 1978. We are direct importers of exotic wood, burl, and veneer logs mainly from Guatemala and Mexico. We also purchase from other U.S. importers.
We specialize in making parts for musical instruments, especially acoustic guitars. The process begins by selecting logs in the forests of Central America and Mexico. Sometimes, we supervise the cutting at the sawmills there, but more often the logs are container shipped to St. Louis where we quartersaw the logs into blanks and then resaw the blanks into back and side sets. We make neck blanks, fingerboards, bridge blanks and other parts for guitars. We also supply blanks for other instruments like fifes, flutes, bagpipes and marimbas among others.
At our location, we have a horizontal band sawmill, a horizontal band resaw, planer, straight-line rip saw, wide belt sander and other related machinery. We also have two low temperature dry kilns with a total capacity of 15,000 board feet.
As a result of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting that took place September 24 - October 5, 2016, it is our understanding that beginning January 1, 2017 all Dalbergia species will be listed as CITES II. This means that it will require re-export permits from us and import permits from our customers for any international purchases. This will add significant cost and up to 4 months of delay per shipment. These shipments must be handled appropriately for legal export and legal entry into any county.
For Hibdon Hardwood, Inc., this means that we will no longer be able to sell African Blackwood, Dalbergia melanoxylon to individual, international customers after December 9, 2016.
It is our understanding that Dalbergia species currently CITES unlisted are still legally able to be shipped internationally. The new regulation could be different in your country. Please check with the CITES authority in your country for verification.