Guitar maker Stuart Spector has designed and built a one-off bass being auctioned to raise money for Atlantic salmon conservation in the United States and Canada. Hand-built in Spector’s shop in Woodstock, New York, it has a body carved from walnut and old-growth redwood salvaged from New York City apartment buildings, while its neck is inlaid with mother-of-pearl and paua abalone to create an image of a school of salmon with an angler. The silent auction is open until the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s annual New York Dinner on November 9.
Atlantic salmon are an endangered species in the United States, with the last remaining runs confined to a handful of rivers in Maine. In Canada, Atlantic salmon exist in rivers along the East Coast, but face pressure from industry, changing ocean conditions, and fisheries.