Duluth Man Makes Music Stands For The Stars

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
This machine looks a lot like the scrubbing bubbles from those old TV commercials but it's really at high tech wood router at Saint Germain's cabinetry shop.

"Which is computerized and is generated from CAD drawings that are done upstairs and brought downstairs and put in the machine and the machine runs it."

Right now, the machine is running out pieces for guitar stands.
Lifelong Duluthian, Denfeld grad and architect Jon Helstrom started making and selling them in 2005.

"If you look at this guitar, it's made by Ed Schaefer. He lived here for a while and made guitars and became a good friend and he said why don't you make me a stand for my guitar."

Now, Helstrom's hardwood stands are holding up guitars for virtuosos around the world.

"Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi has five of them he displays his guitars on and there are a couple in the Jimi Hendrix museum."

Helstrom doesn't make a living from his instrument stands; they're more of a sideline.
Having them contract built at Saint Germain's was a natural choice for the architect.

"They've been building a lot of things for me like cabinets that I put into buildings and I think we go back 20 years so it was natural when I wanted these guitar stands made to come to them."

The craftspeople at Saint Germain's say other entrepreneurs can come to them for contract work, too.

"With the ability of the machines we have, if somebody is looking for something like that, we certainly will do that."

Jon Helstrom has advice for other people with ideas bubbling in their heads.

"Just do it. I forget who said if you think you can or think you can't, you're right!"

In Duluth, Dave Anderson reporting.

Along with stands for guitars, Jon Helstrom also makes models for violins and ukuleles.