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Over 100 kit banjos in 4 months!

June 8, 2015

photo 3Stoked to say that I have shipped out over 100 banjo kits since I stumbled upon the idea exactly four months ago.

Its been a lot of work but it has been rewarding. I’m so excited to see these kits being put together and played. If you have one of these kits, send me a picture so I can share it here in a future post.

So far we have the original DIY kit, the fretted and fretless Mountain Man kits and the Gourd kit (more info coming soon). With a Uke kit and a Mini-Gourd kit still in the works. Tons of fun developing these kits, thanks for all of the input from the users.


Banjo Kits

February 7, 2015

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I’ve got a lot of projects going at the moment, why don’t you take some off my hands? This is just a test to see if I get any interest. I have a few unfinished banjos that could be a fun little project for a parent/child team. These are super easy to put together. All you need is a hammer to tack the skin in place. And some glue for the nut, though I am thinking I will sell these with the nut already glued in place just to save some trouble.

Kit includes:

-Pre-drilled, pre-shaped neck


-Tuning pegs

-Nylon strings

-Leather tailpiece

-Goat Skin

-Tacks for skin

-Nut and bridge

You can give it a final sanding and paint or varnish it as you please.

I only want $50 per kit (plus shipping). I want to start up a new banjo design project, but I’d like to get a few of these out of the way first to help fund it. Email me at

Wooden Spoon

February 7, 2015


I tried my hand at spoon making today. It’s made from a 14″ scrap piece of walnut with a mineral oil finish. Spoon making is a nice change. I really enjoy making functional art. The idea of a spoon as art is a little funny. It is also a little funny to call this particular spoon “functional”. Maybe I just spent the day making a “decorative” spoon. Oh well.

$30 shipped

Limberjack of the week

February 4, 2015

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I’ve got a lot of jig dolls on my hands. I’m going to feature a different one every week until they are all gone. Each is made from up-cycled Oak pallet wood.

Today we meet Bucky.

$25 shipped in US

Email me!

Appalachian Mountain Banjo

February 3, 2015

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4I’m kind of surprised that this blog gets consistent views despite my sporadic posts. I will make an attempt to update more often. I always have a little project going on and I’ll try to share as it is happening.

I’ve got another mountain banjo for sale here now. It sounds awesome. It looks great. It has steel strings and a frailing scoop, and it is loud. They are my favorite type of banjo.

There are a few other builders of this style of banjo that can be found online. I think mine are a notch above the rest in style. You can own this one for $300 plus shipping. Email me.

Can I get a hand? Another hand?

January 31, 2015


I think I talked about this fiddle in an earlier post. I have really taken to playing the fiddle lately. I don’t know what I was thinking, but when I built this thing sometime last year I gave it a crazy long neck and scale length. I don’t know why. It made it, well, no fun to play. It was really awkward to hold and sounded weird so I just hung it on the wall and forgot about it. Until yesterday. I picked it up and thought, “hey I bet I can chop 3 or 4 inches out of that neck and that thing might be playable for once.” I carefully separated the neck from the fingerboard with my scroll saw and then I hacked the neck down to a normal 4/4 scale length. Glued it all back together, reshaped and sanded it a bit and bam it plays like a dream.  I can’t think of a reason I would have made the scale so long to start with, but after about an hour of cutting and reshaping I got the strings back on. I like this fiddle a lot more now than I ever have. It sounds a lot better too. Am I rambling? I think I’m rambling.

Oh yeah, that piece of twine goes around your neck. Wear the fiddle like a necklace. It holds it in place as you play, you almost forget that it is an awkward gourd with no chin-rest.

You can own this if you want. I sell pretty much everything I build. I’d like $400 for it. Email me if you’re interested!

The Incredible Dancing Jig Doll!

January 31, 2015

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Who couldn’t love those faces? I’ve got 11 of these little guys made- all with different faces. They come with a dancing board and a stick.

How do they work you ask? Well, it is very simple- they practically dance on their own.

1. Sit down.

2. Slide the dancing board just under your butt.

3. Hold the jig doll on the stick just slightly above the board with one hand.

4. tap the board to the beat with the other hand.

Jig doll will dance in step to the music!

Bonus! Twist the stick from side to side to get those little arms a flappin’.

$25 shipped in US. Email me at

The All Seeing Hand

January 31, 2015

photo-1 photo-2 photo-5 photo-4 photo-3                    Banjo #100! And 10 years of building.

I made a hand banjo about two years ago and really enjoyed the challenge of the build. I kind of wanted to revisit the idea…so I did. Illuminati is a huge buzz word these days. I like the creepiness of the image. It’s nothing new though, the image has been around for a very long time.

I carved an eye into the palm of the hand and inlayed cedar for the iris and a very dark bit of walnut for the pupil. The rest of the neck is walnut, but quite a bit lighter than the pupil bit. There isn’t a whole lot of  an angle on the peghead and the shape didn’t lend itself too well to get those strings down from the nut so I drilled holes under the bottom eyelid. The strings enter there and come out on the back side of the hand to attach to the pegs at the fingertips. I wanted the strings to look like they were pouring out of the eyes, kind of like tear drops I suppose.

I took extra care sanding this one. I mean I sanded for days. It really shows in the finish. I rubbed on a few coats of tung oil and it shines like its wet. I’m happy with it.

This banjo is, of course, for sale. I am asking for $600 plus shipping. Email me.

Updated Minimalist Banjo

January 31, 2015

photo 3photo 4photo 1 photo 2       Been a long time, but I’m still building.  I got pretty excited about the minimalist banjo about a year ago. I have redesigned it many times to make something simple, easy to build, good looking, playable and durable. Here it is. I made 12 of these. This is the first one. They are available in three different colors/stains. Oh and the pot is removable- held in place by the tension of the strings; so loosen the strings and slide the pot out and throw it all in your backpack or suitcase. I am selling them for $100 a piece plus shipping. Email me at for yours.

New Site is up!

February 3, 2014

Big thanks to my brother for putting this site together. We are still working on it, but it is functional now. Check it out, lots of banjos for sale there. One of my favorite features is the AUDIO clip for each banjo.