East Texas Folkart Lures
Hand Carved By Richard M. Whitehead

Hello My Name is Ron Mahinske

Having been an avid lure collector for over 20 years, it is always exciting and refreshing to see new work come along. I like all old tackle, but have always had a fascination with handmade or folkart lures. These folkart lures cover a large segment of time from the beginning of the 20th century to present. I own and have been intrigued by the work of Oscar Peterson, Bud Stewart, Charles Kellman, Chris Donnely and Carl Christianson. About a year ago I came across the work of Richard Whitehead. His use of odd color combinations and imaginative carving caught my eye. By the finish of his work, I knew he was fairly new at his craft, but my overall impression was so positive that I knew I had to own more of Richard's work. At last count, I have over 75 of Richard's lures and bobbers. When someone visits our home, they gravitate to Richard's work immediately! Women are especially drawn to style which has been described as both whimsical and bizarre. With folkart, you either love it or hate it. I've never seen a piece of Richard's work that I didn't like! His artistic and creative talents run deep. Couple that with the fact that he is a great person and you have an unbeatable combination. I am proud to own and display Richard's work.