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Jimmy Tran applying epoxy to the headplate.

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Originally appeared in Music for the Modern World
on November 21, 2013
Jimmy Tran applying epoxy to the headplate.

Jimmy applying epoxy to the head plate. Each step of building the Clara takes precision craftsmanship.

Discovering the plant-based fiber ultimately used to make Ekoa was a happy accident of late night internet searches. There were many bio-composite materials online but none that had the right tolerances for the instrument Joe had in mind and most were only in lab stages. He finally found and partnered with a company also producing a bio-resin. Six years in the making, Ekoa and the Clara came to life.

Joe sees many uses for the light, durable, and renewable Ekoa in the future. From paneling to furniture or anything that needs to be stiff and strong with the look of wood grain, he thinks the possibilities are endless.

Photos by Jeremy Ota.

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