Friends, Pickers & Rogues Pictures of friends and clients and a few musical heroes through the years Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg in Leer Germany Hendrik Ahrend Alex Buterman of Kimberley BC taking delivery of Wiens F5 #47. Christmas 2018 Patrick Sauber on Wiens F5 #46 at Wintergrass 2018 CJ Lewandowski 2018 Pat Parsons & I meeting Ricky Skaggs in November 2011 Adrian Gross of the Slocan Ramblers Checking out Wiens F5 #46 at Wintergrass 2018 Ted Muhs Andrew Collins Pat Parson & I with Ronnie & Rob Mcoury. Stony Plain 2018 Kody Norris, Stony Plain 2018 Tristan Scroggins 2018 Laurie Lewis 2018 The scary summer of 2017. Me putting my tools & stuff into storage while I look for a new home. Edward Fernbach. Germany Bean boy Howard Beye taking delivery of his Wiens 12-string in 2008. California mando picker Nina Weisman and her lovely mother visiting me. Fall 2015 Shawna Hiltermann pretending to play the first Wiens F5. She was killed by a drunk driver in 1996 at the young age of 22. Rick Klassen taking delivery of his Wiens Dreadnought guitar in 1997. Local Guitar legend Mike Turner checking out a Wiens parlour guitar.1999 Meeting Mike Kemnitzer, maker of the astounding “Nugget” mandolins. 2013 Steve Jones checking out the Wiens Acoustic Bass. Loar Expert, musical historian and curator, not to mention great; player Tom Isenhour. He made me feel like I might’ve under-dressed. January2006 Bernie Cameron and his Wiens mahogany parlor guitar. Bernie actually uses bic pen caps for a pick. He’s holding one in his mouth in this pic. My brother (far left) and his band Maple Ridge in 1974. I would’ve been 5 years old and those guitars are my earliest memory of what cool guitars were. Halloween 2000 with John Reischman & the Jaybirds. Me on the left, My pal Pat Parsons in red and our pal Cory. My ol’ pal Pat & I and our first run-in with the Dawg. Sandpoint Idaho, December 1996. Meeting Roger Siminoff at Loarfest 2006. Roger’s book “Constructing a Bluegrass Mandolin” was my only information when I built my first mandolin in ’94. It was great to meet him in person. Meeting Rhonda Vincent. February 2003 Meeting Adam Steffey at Wintergrass 2005 Wood Guru and awesome picker Bruce Harvie playing the first Wiens P5 piccolo #15. February 2004. Rob Baker receiving his Wiens F5 #17 . November 2004. These are the people one meets in the music world. Dan Beimborn’s whacky sense of humour at work. 2003. Gord Johnston with the one & only Wiens Fretless 5 string banjo in 1997. He was among the first people to commision an instrument from me. Matt, Cathy & Rob meeting up at a clinic holding three consecutive WIensers. #17 #18 #19 Will Huxtable with his Wiens Parlour guitar. My nutty ol’ pal Lance back in 2010 when his Wiens guitar was just a top & a neck Local player Gentle Ben with a custom Strat body conversion I did. 2015 Hendrik Ahrend & I in Bremen Germany. Nov 2019 Robert Fremlin taking delivery of Wiens F5 #42 after a very long wait. Thanks for not burying me beneath the willow bud. Love it when a guy gets his Wiens mandolin #13 inked on. Jeff Rose of Detour and his Wiens F5 #12. Tom Rozum’s shot of two young pickers playing Wiens F5 #30 and Tom’s Nelson Mandola. Andy Statman checking out Wiens F5 #34 Love that Justin is rockin’ a Van Halen shirt at a bluegrass fest. Mike Hepher taking Delivery of his Wiens F5 #32. That’s Dave Dakin’s hand showing us the tag. Dave Dakin, former RCAF bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Germany in WW2. Dave passed away in 2012 at 91. Dan Beimborn with the Schultz Loar #76547 on the right, and my first attempt at a true replica; Wiens F5 #22. January 2006 Tony Williamson recording some samples on Wiens F5 #22.