This is the "classic" material for woodwind instruments of the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. European boxwood (Buxus Sempervirens) is one of the densest and best woods by far and lends itself exceptionally well for highly detailed structural work. Boxwood is ideal for the creation of instruments with a highly refined and at the same time smooth sound pattern.
Instrument makers are however constantly faced with significant challenges in the selection of appropriate material as it grows only to a relatively small diameter in the stem, is multi-branched and often shows stunted or crooked growth. Small branches are often acceptable and present no problems if treated professionally. Many instruments that have survived from past times show warping or deformities. This type of warping can, for the most part, be avoided if the wood is seasoned for an appropriate length of time and under the right conditions.
Based on this high degree of "vitality" in the material, boxwood instruments should even after long periods be stored in a controlled environment that is not subject to great fluctuation, i.e. not too wet and not too dry. Climatic changes could cause cracks or fissures! Like all true artists, these instruments make demands, which are however easily redeemed by their beauty in sound and performance.