It’s a fact that every day at Mass Street Music brings something cool and interesting our way, whether it’s a vintage mando, a crazy new pedal or a charango in for a repair. This past month brought a sweet surprise when amazing Topeka artist (and retired Fire Battalion Chief), Richie Woltkamp, came into the store with a couple friends and showed us his metal artwork – it blew us away!
Richie is a painter, illustrator, glass artist (and more) and just recently crafted his first guitar out of used metal tools and parts. Woah! It also comes with an amazing stand.
He gave the guitar to a good friend, who was so impressed with the guitar that he asked Richie to craft a mandolin for his wife. Richie took on the challenge and created a beautiful replica of an A style mando built from used items like spoons, can openers, and more – complete with f-holes, which another friend crafted for him, for this particular piece. He also made a special stand for the mando that really is a work of art on its own.
We posted a few photos on our Facebook page, but folks wanted to see even more, so we have included additional photos here for your enjoyment. The instrument stands themselves are gorgeous, and with a little padding might make a perfect display for instruments at home. Thank you Richie for sharing your wonderful artistry with us. If you’re interested in Richie’s art, you can contact him at email@example.com
Here are some more views of the ‘instruments’ and stands: