Woman transforms musical instruments into home decor

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ROWENA, S.D. (KSFY) -- Patty Kolke is an artist who recycles unused or broken musical instruments to make things like lamps and clocks.

"I've always loved music, and my husband is obsessed with music," Kolke said.

Her business started because of her husband who is an electrical engineer.

"He has a music room down in our basement and that's how this all started. I wanted more light in that room, and he said, 'Why don't you turn your old trumpet into a lamp?' and I thought, 'Boy, that's actually a good idea,'" she said.

He taught her how to wire the lamp and the rest is history. She said that lamp in her basement became a talker with many of her visitors, so her company Artistic Instruments began.

Kolke started collecting broken or unused instruments back in 2014.
Her collection continues to grow. She does really anything from clocks to headboards, but her most popular item is the lamp. She loves to feature people's own instruments that maybe aren't played anymore or no longer work.

She's even had some well-known buyers.

"The governor's wife came to me, Donna Daugaard, and she had her daughter's french horn, and she was like, 'Can you do this for me?' I said, 'Absolutely,'" Kolke said.

She makes the decor in her storage condo near Rowena, South Dakota, but from there, the products ship all over the country.

It's a full-time job with only one worker.

"I do everything from start to finish," Kolke said.

She said growth in the future isn't out of the question.

"If the demand is there, the possibilities are endless," she said.

You can see her work on her website: artisticinstruments.com.