Engineer turned artist crafting art guitars to celebrate rock legends
Johnny Young worked his whole life as an engineer, until one day he didn’t and he made art guitars.
He was only 50 when he was told he needed a heart bypass. So with wife Alyson, they sold the Sheffield business they’d built and took a celebratory trip to start their retirement.
But walking through Harrods, he saw a lamp in the shape of a guitar. So he went home, and built a creation of his own, and it turned out looking quite smart.
Now, at his studio in Van Dyk Village near Clowne, he carves art guitars, featuring murals of rock legends in eclectic style, or lit up in vibrant colours with fibre optic strings.
Pic: Artist John Young with some of his art work and guitars decorated to celebrate Salvador Dali and Jimi Hendrix. Picture Bruce Rollinson