Archive for the ‘Banjo Videos’ Category

Skinning a Mountain Man (banjo)

June 8, 2015

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Well, this picture probably doesn’t make the process look easy. I’m realizing that some things are actually easier done than said. How do you get the skin inside a mountain banjo? Its easy really. I just can’t tell you how. Watch this video and it might make more sense than the written directions that I provided in my Mountain Man Banjo Kits. If you have purchased one of these kits and are having trouble with the skin, slow down. Think about the end product. Think about what you are needing to do. You have the top and bottom plates, a skin, a tone ring, some tacks and some screws, put them together in the correct order and you have a banjo.


The Daily Frail and DIY Banjo Kits

March 9, 2015

Patrick Costello has made a great little review for my kits. Visit his website, if you haven’t before. He is a huge figure in the old-time banjo world, and a genuine guy!

DIY BANJO KIT Assembly part 3 of 3

February 28, 2015

DIY BANJO KIT Assembly part 2 of 3

February 26, 2015

DIY BANJO KIT Assembly part 1 of 3

February 26, 2015

DIY Banjo Kit

February 23, 2015

New workshop

November 7, 2012

I’ve always wanted to devote more time to building banjos. I am now building 2 to 3 banjos a week. My problem is finding a way to sell them quickly. I have 10 banjos sitting beside me waiting to be sold. Any suggestions? I’m looking to work with music stores, locally and nationally.

This is my new workshop and where I spend most of my day.

Out of my gourd

November 7, 2012

Image         One of many homegrown gourd banjos for sale. Email me at to buy one!


Mountain banjo complete. $350 plus $25 shipping

May 26, 2011

I just strung up this beautiful mountain banjo today. It took me a bit longer to get done than I planned, but the extra time put in really shows. The hand-rubbed oil finish is flawless. The grain pops and shines. I went with an old Gibson style for the peghead as opposed to my traditional peghead design.

It doesn’t get any better than this. This banjo is top of the line. It plays like a dream and sounds awesome. If you’ve never played a fretless banjo you need to play this one.  I will include two different sized bridges so you can adjust for humidity changes.

Check it out on banjohangout:

-solid walnut

-bone nut

-brass hardware

-steel strings

-frailing scoop

-goat skin head

-my own special simplified pot design

-100% handmade, including the pegs, bridge and nut

The Summer of Banjos Begins!

May 13, 2011