Posts Tagged ‘folk art’

Gourd Banjo Kits

June 9, 2015

I present the gourd banjo kit. I have a limited number of gourds to work with so this kit is going to be sold in short runs. About a dozen are already floating around out there.

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Hear a sound-clip at my website, carverbanjos.com.  You can buy it there or on my ebay page. It comes with nylon strings and has a warm mellow tone. Similar to the DIY kit sound, but more volume and bass. Super easy to assemble and requires no tools at all.

You can put it together and be playing within an hour, or take your time and give it a nice sanding and finish as a weekend project.

I have a few small gourds, so I figure why not make a mini travel sized gourd kit? The scale length is just 17″ (full size kit scale is 24″). Still feels good in your hands and the playability is good. I will have five of them available very soon. Email me if you would like to reserve one: carverbanjos@gmail.com.

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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.

Jig Doll day

February 15, 2015

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Give this dude a home for $25 shipped.

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Updates

February 10, 2015

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I’ve got a lot of projects going on all at once. Let me update you guys on some of the ones I have mentioned before on this blog.

1. Banjo Book- I’m still editing and drawing pictures for this how-to book. It keeps getting pushed back, but don’t worry- it will be available some day.

2. Minimalist banjos- I have two completed ready-to-play models still available at $100 each. I have several unassembled “banjo kits” still available at $50 each. The kits seem to be a hit and are going fast.

3. Jig dolls- Still have a lot of these left at $25 each shipped.

4. “All seeing hand” gourd banjo is still available. Walnut mountain banjo is still available. Hand gourd fiddle is still available.

5. Inquire about my wooden spoons if you want one.

6. Carverbanjos.com is down for maintenance and upgrades. This wordpress blog functions as my website for now.

Can I get a hand? Another hand?

January 31, 2015

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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!

Out of my gourd

November 7, 2012

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

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More Mountain Banjos!

November 7, 2012

Image     One of several fresh mountain banjos for sale. Email me at Carverbanjos@gmail.com

Inlay and more

November 7, 2012

Proud to say this minstrel mountain combo banjo is finally done! Two plus years in the making with meticulous inlay and carving. There is an earlier post here about this instrument back in June of 2011; I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finish. I completed 30 other banjos from the time I started this one. A lot of time did go into it but it really just got pushed aside to make way for other projects mostly. This picture doesn’t do the piece justice, I need to upload more.

It’s for sale too, email me at carverbanjo@gmail.com for more info!