Posts Tagged ‘mountain banjo’

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.

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Mountain Man Banjo Kits

April 8, 2015

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Kits are the way to go. I’ve been having so much fun with the DIY Banjo Kit these past few weeks that I wanted to expand my models available. This new design is one of several to come in the near future. It is a fretted (!!!!) mountain style banjo. I’m really excited to be working with frets, and I think it will be more appealing to the   modern banjo player.

I have been developing this kit for the past 6 or 7 weeks now, and it has been pretty hard for me to not share before it was ready, but here it is, and I’ve got ten of them ready to ship out.

This banjo is based on the ever popular homemade banjo found in the “Foxfire 3” book series. It is similar to the banjos made by Stanley Hicks and Frank Proffitt in the Appalachians. A unique and beautiful instrument with a rich history.

Each kit includes:

-maple hardwood ply neck and pot assembly

-steel strings

-16 pre-placed frets

-steel tone ring

-goat skin

-built-in frailing scoop

-brass hardware

-walnut tuning pegs, nut and bridge

-detailed assembly instructions

I am also working on getting some how-to assembly videos together.

These kits are $85 plus shipping. Email me at carverbanjos@gmail.com

Sound clip posted above and found here: http://carverbanjos.com/sound/mountman.mp3

Banjos going out, new coming in

February 13, 2015

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Thanks to everyone that purchased a banjo kit lately. I’m glad they all sold. I spent today going through each kit, making sure that they are all complete and of a quality I can be proud of. I’ll be shipping out most of them tomorrow.

While there is a demand for these, I realize I need to make more. Its a win/win situation here. I got the supplies to make another ten kits. I have made a few improvements. I will be leaving the neck and dowel disconnected for the buyer to glue together. This way I can get each kit packaged into a more convenient box for shipping.

The pot will have a larger drum head to increase volume. The neck and peghead design will stay the same as before. I’m not sure if everyone knows this- the curvy cuts on the side of the fingerboard (double ogees) are not just for looks, they indicate the 5th, 7th and 12th fret positions. This can be useful especially to those that are intimidated by the lack of frets. Fretless is fun!

The best feature of the new kit, in my opinion, is the new material. They will be made of hardwood birch ply rather than the pine ply of the first batch. This gives the banjo a more finished look right out of the box, and will take nicely to any stain or varnish of your choosing. This stronger material will also allow the player to use nylon OR steel strings. I imagine a harder wood will also help increase overall intonation and sustain.

Now for the price. I have sold the first kits at $50 plus $20 for shipping. I want to go ahead and combine the two numbers and account for my slightly higher materials cost to arrive at a price of $80 shipped. That’s $80 for a banjo kit shipped to your house.

I expect to have ten kits ready to ship by Monday the 23rd of this month.  I want to open up to pre-orders today. So email me at carverbanjos@gmail.com if you are interested in the new kit. Everything is included to make your own banjo. All you need is wood glue for the neck and a hammer to tack on the skin. It’s a very simple and rewarding project that pretty much anyone can do over a weekend. And don’t worry if you’ve never built a banjo before! I’ll help you out along the way!

I will also have a detailed how-to video uploaded to youtube for everyone to view. It shows exactly how to assemble these simple banjos from the beginning to end.

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.

More Mountain Banjos!

November 7, 2012

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