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Banjo at home

Got some better pictures of the banjo yesterday. And sounds, too!

Please excuse the ropeyness of the following playing; I’d never played fretless until I built this:

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Gourd Banjo workshop, day 5: the last day and the finished product

Be glad you can't smell Jeff cutting bone on the bandsaw
Finished bone tailpiece
Gourd with neck test-fitted
Pegs cut, drilled and doped
Mostly strung
Tailpiece, tail gut and cherry bridge
Jeff's workshop
Jeff helps Michael move some tacks
Michael and Jeff
Michael, Jeff, me — and our banjos
The finished banjo
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Gourd Banjo Workshop, Day 4

Sam the shop dog
My gourd, with the skin still wet
Jeff and Michael's gourds
My gourd, dried now
Oiled necks drying in the sun
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Gourd Banjo Workshop: the third day

Sam
Gourd: neck hole
Gourd: neck and dowel stick holes
Rough neck fit to gourd
Lipstick for fit checking
Final gourd/neck fit
Almost looks like a banjo
Artisanal Sound Port Installer
Gourd with sound port
Rooster
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Gourd Banjo Workshop: Day 2

Finishing tuning pegs with the devil's pencil sharpener
Reaming the peg head
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Gourd Banjo Workshop, day 1

I’m taking a gourd banjo building workshop at Jeffrey Menzies’ place up near Innisfil.

Uncut Gourds
My gourd, cut and faced
Rough neck blank
Jeff removing everything that doesn't look like a banjo neck