search for manguante balsa
heard of the Manguante Balsa, a special type. It grows only in a certain
area in Latin America where the rainforest meets the sea. It should
only be cut at a certain time of the lunar cycle, according to native
we arrived at our destination, led by our trusty guide, Fito, it was
two weeks until the "manguante season." Fortunately for us,
nearby was a crescent shaped bay with a beautiful lush palm lined beach
with perfect waves.
whiled the time surfing, exploring the rainforest and marking balsa
trees for harvest. We'd surf all day, Fito would fish all night. When
we came in from our early morning session, Fito would have breakfast
ready. Fish or lobster, scrambled eggs and rice and beans.
had grown up in the rainforest and knew where to find the perfect wood
for our needs.
took only enough balsa for my next quiver, being careful not to damage
the fragile rainforest ecosystem.
I've picked out some choice balsa, paying special attention to weight
color, grain and overall quality--it's into the shaping room to carve
out another board