One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure, especially when Mark Wallace gets his talented hands on it.
How fitting that this story comes out of Detroit, Motown, where a musical Phoenix of sorts is rising from the ashes of depressed sections of a once-great metropolis.
As CBS News reports, Detroit is littered with more than 70,000 abandoned buildings, many of them vacant industrial structures. But it’s the wood in those empty buildings — wood harvested decades ago from old-growth forests and now left to rot — that’s being transformed into stunning musical instruments for a new Motown sound.
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By clicking on the video above, you can watch a CBS News feature story on Mark Wallace, who proudly says his unique guitars — hand-crafted from reclaimed wood — “are a tribute to Detroit’s rich music history from Motown to classic rock to rap.”