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These Guitars Are Made From Detroit’s Old Buildings

Mark Wallace’s upcycled instruments include a piece of the city’s storied history.

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“Detroit’s always been about making things,” says Mark Wallace in a promo video for his business, Wallace Detroit Guitars. “And it’s also always been about making music.” Wallace uses reclaimed materials from neglected or demolished buildings around the city to create his handmade instruments, taking advantage of the old-growth wood that was used to construct many of Detroit’s once-grand structures. The aged wood gives the axes a tone reminiscent of vintage instruments, not usually found in guitars made with newer materials. A recent CBS video interview with Wallace takes us to an old Cadillac plant, where the craftsman sorts through stacks of chipped, paint-covered beams. “It’s really amazing for me to take an old piece of wood that’s either been burned or has paint chips on it—looks like garbage, and most people would throw in their dumpster, and turning it into something as beautiful as these guitars.” Adding to their local street cred, Wallace’s guitars are labeled with the address of the building that each instrument’s materials came from.

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Watch This Master Craftsman Turn A Piece Of Wood Into A Gorgeous Flamenco Guitar

Master guitar maker Eitan Bartal blurs the line between art and craft

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Over the past few years we’ve seen 3D printing—whether by hobbyists, professionals, or those somewhere in between—grow from novelty to full-fledged industry, reaching into the worlds of medicine, fashion, and even weaponry. It’s easy to envision our relatively newfound ability to print anything we can think of as eventually becoming the norm in terms of how we create and interact with our environments. But while 3D printing is both useful, and only beginning to be explored as a serious tool for everyday life, it will never replace the sort of expert skill seen in Handcrafted, a short film showcasing the painstaking process by which master builder Eitan Bartal creates hand-made flamenco guitars from scratch.

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Intermission: The Art of Making a Flamenco Guitar

An installment in Deep Green Sea’s ‘The Art of Making’ series, Alma Flamenca showcases the art and science of guitar making.

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