Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tenor Banjo Project

The one on the left is a short scale open back tenor. The one on the right is a modern scale resonator tenor. Both are set up for playing Irish music.
 
The headstock finished featuring an original inlay design of mother-of-pearl and abalone.

 
The flange pieces were custom made for me from my original design. They are laser cut from stainless steel and nickel plated.

 
The maple neck and resonator were stained in a sunburst of amber and browns and then sprayed with clear lacquer.

 
The open back was made from maple and walnut and left natural with a clear finish.

 
The "pot" assembly. The wood rim is made of walnut with a maple bottom cap. The tenor banjos have an archtop tone ring mounted on the wood rim.

 

Finished parts ready to be assembled.
 
Making the necks of maple and walnut. The foreground necks are four-string tenors and the background neck will be a five-string.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Counting Down

It's up to $1325 with 11 hours to go!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

See And Hear


Here is a video of me playing "Blue Eagle" and "Cattle In The Cane."
video
(And, yes that is an old-school Hi-8 Video camera. I couldn't get rid of the display in the corner of the screen.)