The Brewster-Wheeler recreation center [left] provided the maple wood for the Brewster Wheeler guitar.
“One of my favorite sources for the wood is the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center,” said Wallace, 41. The rec center was located right next to the housing projects where Diana Ross once lived. She and The Supremes were known to hang out there, he said. Wallace harvested maple from the center’s benches to create his Brewster Wheeler series of guitars. Another line, called the Cadillac Stamping collection, is made from wood reclaimed from a former auto parts plant.
Source: He turns wood from Detroit’s vacant buildings into beautiful guitars
Wallace looks for salvageable lumber amongst Detroit blight and turns it into guitars. (Photo: Courtesy Mark Wallace)
Wallace Detroit Guitars founder Mark Wallace says “Chevrolet is a foundational element in the story of Detroit.” He says using the wood was an attractive opportunity for a “company that honors the history of Detroit in every instrument we make.” Plus, he says, the maple is “gorgeous” and provides a sound “unlike any other instrument.”
Source: Wood from Chevrolet plant going into Detroit-made guitars