Friday, December 31, 2010

Banjo #3 Is Finished

When last we left you a couple of weeks ago, Will was heading down the homestretch on banjo #3, thinking he was making a Christmas present .... In the end, he got an extra couple of weeks that he really didn't need. It turns out it's to be a birthday present, the 20th of January to be exact .... It took the pressure off and allowed him some extra time to do a really super job ... Looks cool; sounds even cooler .... one of the happiest instruments I have ever heard ... Here's a one minute concert clip ... Take a bow Will ...

Click the photos to enlarge them ....
12/14
12/31
He finished it Wednesday, we photographed it today ...
For Mackintosh H.M.Swan .... 1/20/2011 is his birthday
Gold abalone in pearl inlays ...
Back view ... Keep in mind that this is actually a 'mini' banjo with an 8" head and a shortened scale and fretboard ....
from the video ... check it out
And the 'coup de grace' is the nameplate ,,,, made by Will on the CNC with a 60 degree bit .. the brass plate is about a 1/2 " tall ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE !!!!

PS ... We posted start to finish photos and comments on Will's first banjo here .. at the bottom of that post are links to three others ... make a banjo, start to finish ...

4 comments:

Jason Herrick said...

This is GREAT!!! My wife just got my a banjo for xmas this year, and I've already got plans to make my own someday!

Thanks for the great tips!

Dorset Custom Furniture said...

hi jason ... thanks for your comment ... in case you missed them, below are a couple of other banjo posts ... you have to scroll way down on the first one ...

http://dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-week-goes-by.html

http://dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com/2009/09/banjo-is-done.html

Jeff Branch said...

Again, another cool project. Just curious, I watched the video and it would seem that a mini banjo would be harder to play, but Will seems makes it look easy.

Jason Herrick said...

@Dorset. You are very welcome for the comment. You have a GREAT crew there, and your long experience keep us new guys in check.

I did see the other articles as well. I'd love to see Will tackle a banjo for some 3 finger pickin. :) Regrdless....... I'm even MORE jealous of you guys! :)

Happy New Year.
Jason