Photo @ Gilles Nehr, 2023
It was during a summer lunch in the beautiful village of Villeneuvette in 2022
that violin maker Nicolas Gilles told me of an encounter he’d had
with the resin tappers of “ les Landes “ in south western France.
I was fascinated to learn that a new ecological method of tapping pine resin
had been found.
The development of an ecological activator for the harvest enables
the replacement of the traditional sulphuric acid that is bad for the trees,
bad for human health and bad for the environment.
The resin can now be harvested respecting the trees, the tappers and the planet.
A real revolution !
This new method has led to a regeneration of the art of tapping in France
that had all but died out in the 1970’s due to the domination of the Chinese
who held 80% of the market until around 1990.
After four months of trials with more than thirty Parisian string players
I have succeeded in developing a rosin of an excellent quality.
That is how, driven by enthusiasm for the project and with the encouragement
of musicians “Julia“ rosin was created
Since June 2023, I have partnered with the resin harvesters BioGemme
to develop «Julia» rosin together.
This rosin, that we making now in Biscarrosse, is the 1st organic, eco-sourced
and eco-certified rosin