Violins  - Wood was a living material before it became a violin.  Wood characteristics start in the living tree.  Bacterial erosion of the pits in spruce is the secret of Stradivarius violins.  Stradivarius probably did not understand why, but he did use floated spruce that had bacterial erosion of pits for the bellies of his best violins.  The environment in which a tree grows, i.e., where the cells are born, the condition of that environment will determining the effects of the birth and life spans of those cells as well as determine the sound that the violin, which is made, from the latter, will produce.

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