Featured Artist: Mike Stone
StoneWorks is a mix of Mike's life long personal interest and coincidence. First is music, he is a guitar, bass, and banjo player. Second is rocks, he love all rocks, geodes, fossils, and turquoise. The coincidence, his last name is Stone.
"StoneWorks started on my small farm outside Dallas City, IL, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in 2009. When my kids were young, a typical summer weekend included walking the local creeks looking for fossils, geodes, and arrowheads. That hobby lead me to the question "What’s next?" so I decided to learn everything I could about semi precious stones, geology, and lapidary processes. I bought lapidary equipment and began cutting stones.
One day my buddy Rusty asked me to make him a custom stone guitar pick. He had lost his fingertip in a farm accident and was having a hard time holding a standard pick. Rusty loved his pick so much that I ended up making 300 more and they sold out quickly at a couple of local shows. My standard "What's next?" question came up and StoneWorks was born.
In the spring of 2016, I sold the farm, packed up my shop and moved to Iowa City, Iowa where I continue to create my one of a kind guitar picks for players all over the world."