Canada's National Guitar: the Voyageur
The Golden Spruce was at the heart of a conflict between native land rights and the interests of industry and government. One night in January of 1997, a logging scout named Grant Hadwin decided to end the dispute by cutting the tree down. The Haida called it their version of a drive-by shooting, and swore to let the tree return to nature. However, when they heard about Taylor’s project, they felt that putting a piece of the Golden Spruce into this instrument would ease their sorrow over the loss.