A very rare Tulip

Made entirely from Huon Pine and Ebony.
 
Huon Pine only grows in Tasmania. It is no longer harvested, because years of use in boatbuilding have made it quite scarce.
Existing stocks, or fallen trees are the only source.
It is extremely slow growing and is rot resistant due to its natural oils.
When I was given such a beautiful piece of timber I decided to make an ornamental mandolin.
 
I had no idea that it would sound so good - soft and mellow.