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World Forestry Tour – Paul’s New Taylor Guitar

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video, Bob Taylor presents Paul Akers with a beautiful, custom made Taylor Guitar.

“Once in a lifetime…but for me it was three times.

Forty years ago I walked into a dusty woodshop in Lemon Grove, California where Bob Taylor hired me the day I graduated from high school. The next two years I got to watch one of the greatest innovators of all time transform the musical instrument industry. That experience molded me and change me forever and made me a fearless innovator. Just like Bob I stopped caring about what other people thought about me and pursued excellence and innovation at every turn. How could I be so lucky to witness this at such a young age?

Six weeks ago I received a text message from Bob asking if I could travel with him around the world and document the Taylor Guitars World Forestry Tour. What? Why me? Could this really be happening?

Two days ago Bob presented me with the most beautiful guitar I’ve ever seen in my life…custom made to his specifications. I was totally undeserving, humbled and in tears. It is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received!

Three times in a lifetime!”
~Paul

World Forestry Tour – Hawaii

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video, Nick Koch shows the team the work being done on the big island of Hawaii.

World Forestry Tour – Fiji – Amazing Knox

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video, Paul records an amazing singer/songwriter in Fiji named Knox.

World Forestry Tour – Fijian Mahogany

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video they learn about Fijian Mahogany.

World Forestry Tour – Malaysia

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video they visit Forest Solutions in Malaysia.

World Forestry Tour – Vietnam

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video they visit factories and lumber mills in Vietnam.

World Forestry Tour – Cameroon Pt 5

Paul Akers takes us along as he documents Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, on his World Forestry Tour where a small team journeyed around the world to increase awareness of sustainable forestry practices.

In this video Bob Taylor and Scott Paul discuss what they learned during their visit to the Congo Basin Institute.

Running Around the World Pt 2

On this week’s show, shares another video from his adventures of running around the world. Part 2 gives us glimpses of Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea and New York City.

Running Around the World Pt 1

On this week’s show, travels with his wife, Leanne, and friends to South America. But it doesn’t get in his way of training for the Ironman.

Japan Study Mission Summary

On this week’s show, Paul Akers shares the highlights from his Japanese Study Missions. This year’s “one thing” is the “Joy of Kaizen”.