The BanjoCraft book is a brief look at banjo making in the small shop. It’s great for those who would rather read on paper than on screen. Makes a fine shop reference and a nice gift. This book is intended … Continue reading Buy the Book!
This pattern can be made from thin material, like plexi-glass, thin plywood, or even cardboard. More durable materials will provide a longer useful life. This pattern is intended to be used with a traditional dowel stick design. Step By Step … Continue reading How to Make a Banjo Neck Pattern – Side Profile
Banjo friction pegs were used to tune the instrument in its earlier days. As steel strings became more popular and machining techniques improved, friction pegs gave way to machine tuners. Today we still see friction pegs used on violins and … Continue reading Banjo Friction Pegs – What are they and how do they work?
Gourd banjo heads are typically made from natural animal hides. Goat and calf hides are the most favored and easiest to come by. Mounting a natural hide head is fairly simple, but does require some time and hand strength. The … Continue reading Gourd Banjo: Mounting the Head
The Peghead of a gourd banjo gives the strings something to anchor to. It needs to be big enough and sturdy enough to accommodate the working of the tuning pegs. The Tuning Pegs I use with gourd banjos are friction … Continue reading Parts of the Gourd Banjo