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RWJonesy - Posted - 09/26/2013:  16:33:34


As you probably could guess .....put me down for a Christmas copy. I gladly support your work.

Cottonmouth - Posted - 09/26/2013:  18:05:08


Hey Rob, I'm glad Craig passed through your end of the swamp and had a fine visit. I envy him, knowing you and I share a liking for old Fairbanks-Vega rims and Wyatt Fawley necks! I trust all is well with you and yours. Semper Fidelis, Brother.


bricklifter1 - Posted - 09/29/2013:  07:24:26


ho ho ho.......Merry Christmas to me!



 



Chris



 


frailin - Posted - 10/03/2013:  20:29:42


Four new Banjo Builder Volume 4 Shows coming tomorrow.



 



I've got 4 Shows for Volume 4 finished (it's 10P on Thursday night).  big  I'll build a Paypal Banjo Builders Volume 4 "buy-it-now" button (for pre-orders) in the morning and post it at northamericanbanjobuilders.com.  



All pre-orders receive passcodes for immediate viewing of finished Shows.  Finished DVDs will then be sent when completed (target delivery date is still "before Christmas").  



Although this is the same drill as before, Vimeo has changed the rules some.  But I'll cypher out a suitable workaround.  approve



See you in the morning!  


pddngtn - Posted - 10/03/2013:  20:54:53


Hurray! Such a classy Christmas gift. Makes my darling wife's shopping complete. I will keep my eyes peeled for the "pre-order" button. Thank you in advance Craig for such quality productions and capturing these folks live and in their natural elements.



Very best wishes to you and yours,



Brian


frailin - Posted - 10/04/2013:  07:05:23


Volume 4 Previews!  



 



Ok!  Four Shows are now up and available for immediate viewing with a pre-order of Volume 4!  To order, find the buy-it-now button here:  northamericanbanjobuilders.com.  MAKE SURE you click on VOLUME 4!  



Once I get the Paypal notice, I'll send you the Passcodes.  



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Here are the first 4 Shows of Volume 4:  



JEFF KRAMER - vimeo.com/frailinflix/jeffkramer



 





Jeff Kramer is deliberate and intense. His banjos are as powerful as his approach to life. And his soulful collaboration with Dwight Diller has resulted in the Cloverlick Banjo Company.



At first blush, one quickly recognizes Jeff is not satisfied with the "status quo" of banjo-making. So there are at least a dozen things he makes from scratch because he couldn't find anything to his liking. Jeff is practical and clever in his innovations... and his banjo's reflect his deep reverence for the instrument.



One more thing... Cloverlick banjos come with history and tradition built-in (you'll see).



Cloverlicks rock. 



 



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JEFF DELFIELD - vimeo.com/frailinflix/jeffdelfield



 





Jeff Delfield is a typical banjo builder... which means he's anything but a typical human being. Nothing like finding an English major librarian in the fold to redefine your boundaries for just who makes these incredible instruments. And like ever other builder in this series, Jeff's instruments are incredible.



Jeff is big into big design. Local banjo player and friend Frank Lee has played into what Jeff feels is best in a banjo, but that's only a part of his story.



This is good stuff. I hope Jeff keeps using his creative energies for a long, long time.



 



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GLENN CARSON - vimeo.com/frailinflix/glenncarson



 





Jeez this guy is exciting fun!



Talk about somebody that can "do it all"... Glenn Carson is at the top of the list for someone capable of doing the really hard stuff associated with a high-end banjo. And rather than just accomplish those tasks, Glenn is also most likely to have fun along the way. He's a bundle of creative energy.



Glenn has a keen eye and a remarkable hand. There's a reason most of the pro-level builders ask his for his specialties: Heel carving, metal engraving and inlay. But don't let his expertise in these difficult area stop you from asking Glenn to build a complete banjo from scratch. I know of few capable of making not only the mechanics work, but creating such a tasteful (heirloom) instrument.



And Glenn REALLY knows how to pick an office (you'll see).



 



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MAC TRAYNHAM -  vimeo.com/frailinflix/mactraynham



 





Mac is a cabinet maker by trade. You might think he's just a quiet fellow, likes to go about his day in a private manner... then you notice the twinkle in his eye. That eye appreciates everything that's goin' on as well as every detail he chooses to address.



Mac sees his work in a very practical style. With his background in wood working, he knows the ingredients to a successful instrument. What's remarkable is how his beautiful, simple designs can be so powerful! Being a ribbon-winning, natural musician also plays into the mix.



And then there's that lifestyle thing. Ask protege Greg Galbreath about it. Having learned banjo building skills from Mac, it's no surprise Greg's banjos are as great as they are, too.



Plus, who else can build most of the buildings on their respective farms.



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These guys rock!  I'm excited for you to learn their respective stories.  



Start here:  northamericanbanjobuilders.com and pre-order Volume 4 now for the passcodes.  



Ok.  Back to editing.  



 


pddngtn - Posted - 10/04/2013:  10:27:06


Perfect!   A builder for each of the twelve days of Christmas. Very much looking forward to the holidays. Thank you Craig.


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/06/2013:  12:18:36


Craig. 



I’ve not watched all of them yet.  I’m savoring them one at a time.  Slowly, in the quiet of the early morning.



I truly loved seeing the Jeff Kramer video.  Of course, that's probably because I have a Cloverlick, an early one -- while he was still using Tony Pass pots.  He was very deliberate in shaping the neck so that it had some extra mass in various parts -- the peghead, the heel, for instance.  He was very attentive to individual client needs, and very thoughtful about his product.  I'm glad to see his shop, and witness your effort to entice him to speak about his enthusiastic pursuit of banjo building.  THANKS,



Great job on the Glenn Carson video.  I met Glenn Carson some years back, when we still lived in northern VA, and he started accompanying Reed Martin to workshops and house concerts I hosted at our residence there.  He’s really a quiet, modest man and a stupendous ability to build, design, draw, and think artistically.  Glenn hauled his son Russ along to one of the clawhammer workshops that featured Reed, and I remember him walking into my back room, where I kept my arsenal of banjos, and saying, after an hour of downpicking, that he really needed to put on some metal picks and do some bluegrass.  I thrust a BG banjo into his hands, and he breathed a sigh of relief and picked the hell out of that instrument.  Glenn stopped by our Staunton VA home a few months ago, enroute to Clifftop.  He’s got this great pop-up haul-along camper, and he had brought several old guitars that were in various states of disrepair – he was handing them to me for two young grade school kids who we’d met in foster care situations.   We went down to my modest shop, and he saw a Nate Calkins fretless I had just acquired as part of a trade.  He handed me a Vega Style S pot attached to an A scale Wyatt Fawley neck and we made the trade right there.  I keep that little banjo right here behind my computer.  In fact, I think I’ll cut this note short and reach for that fine little banjo that came my way while Glenn was passing through.   (“While Glenn Was Passing Through.”  Great name for an OT banjo tune.  You should write that one, Craig.)  Fine interview.  I love the office setting.  And I appreciate being given access to the VIMEO flicks.  THANKS.



 



Take care. Play hard,



 



Lew



 


frailin - Posted - 10/07/2013:  18:03:48


Next up, Noah Booth.  Then Patrick Heavner and the Pisgah Banjo Company.  


Noah Cline - Posted - 10/07/2013:  19:23:09


quote:

Originally posted by Brooklynbanjoboy

 

Craig. 



I’ve not watched all of them yet.  I’m savoring them one at a time.  Slowly, in the quiet of the early morning.



I truly loved seeing the Jeff Kramer video.  Of course, that's probably because I have a Cloverlick, an early one -- while he was still using Tony Pass pots.  He was very deliberate in shaping the neck so that it had some extra mass in various parts -- the peghead, the heel, for instance.  He was very attentive to individual client needs, and very thoughtful about his product.  I'm glad to see his shop, and witness your effort to entice him to speak about his enthusiastic pursuit of banjo building.  THANKS,



Great job on the Glenn Carson video.  I met Glenn Carson some years back, when we still lived in northern VA, and he started accompanying Reed Martin to workshops and house concerts I hosted at our residence there.  He’s really a quiet, modest man and a stupendous ability to build, design, draw, and think artistically.  Glenn hauled his son Russ along to one of the clawhammer workshops that featured Reed, and I remember him walking into my back room, where I kept my arsenal of banjos, and saying, after an hour of downpicking, that he really needed to put on some metal picks and do some bluegrass.  I thrust a BG banjo into his hands, and he breathed a sigh of relief and picked the hell out of that instrument.  Glenn stopped by our Staunton VA home a few months ago, enroute to Clifftop.  He’s got this great pop-up haul-along camper, and he had brought several old guitars that were in various states of disrepair – he was handing them to me for two young grade school kids who we’d met in foster care situations.   We went down to my modest shop, and he saw a Nate Calkins fretless I had just acquired as part of a trade.  He handed me a Vega Style S pot attached to an A scale Wyatt Fawley neck and we made the trade right there.  I keep that little banjo right here behind my computer.  In fact, I think I’ll cut this note short and reach for that fine little banjo that came my way while Glenn was passing through.   (“While Glenn Was Passing Through.”  Great name for an OT banjo tune.  You should write that one, Craig.)  Fine interview.  I love the office setting.  And I appreciate being given access to the VIMEO flicks.  THANKS.



 



Take care. Play hard,



 



Lew



 






Hey Lew,



Which number was the Nate Calkins banjo? I have his #45 gourd, and I just love it.



Edited by - Noah Cline on 10/07/2013 19:24:18



Nate Calkins gourd banjo #45

   

frailin - Posted - 10/11/2013:  12:53:35


Hard drive headaches.



 



Sooner or later it was bound to happen.  So after 3 Volumes of pretty much flawless performance... all hell broke lose this week.  





Yup.  I was on track to deliver TWO Shows today right up until the great crash.  This ain't the government shutdown variety, this is "do not pass go. Do not collect $200" sorta stoppage.  Yah, well, I guess there is a similarity. 





Anywho... I've spend the last 24 hours working to salvage the first 4 Shows of Volume 4 and then carefully rebuild the last two.  So far so good, I'm just a little behind.  But like I said... it was bound to happen sometime.  



So, I'll have at least one Show for you the first part of next week, maybe two.  Then back to routine... with a NEW hard drive, of course.  


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/11/2013:  13:09:49


Wait, I'm a little confused.  When you say "Hard Drive," of course you're referring to Sonny Osborne's playing, right?


kwl - Posted - 10/11/2013:  13:12:45


Craig, sorry to hear about your hard drive, but happy to hear that you were able to rebuild. Looking forward tot he finished product. Best wishes.


frailin - Posted - 10/12/2013:  08:58:01


Two new Volume 4 Banjo Builders for your viewing/learning/entertainment pleasure!  



 



I guess I've got my wonderful wife's insomnia to thank for this.  





When she doesn't sleep, I really don't either... but I can edit!!  So after 3 stressful days (and a coupla short nights) of rebuilding Volume 4 Shows, I'm happy to report I've got two new Banjo Builder Shows finished!  And here they are!  



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Noel Booth - vimeo.com/frailinflix/noelbooth



What do you get when you cross a rocket scientist with a mathematician? A Banjo Builder of course! Oh! And he majored in German, to boot!



There's no predicting what uniqueness makes up the incredible species we know as Banjo Builders. The good news is, with as diverse as their backgrounds, their instruments are also destined to be originals. For instance, Noel Booth is making banjos out of crocks! It's based on his solid understanding of luthiery and the instrument. But there's no telling what this creative energy could end up designing.



Good banjo things come out of North Carolina. Noel is at the head of the pack. Oh, and don't miss how his creativity manifests in getting maximum use from the world's smallest banjo shop. :)



 





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Patrick Heavner - vimeo.com/frailinflix/patrickheavner (24% uploaded now - 11A. Available later today).  



So here are the young guys responsible for me coming back to film Banjo Builder Volume 4. The energy level in their shop is electric, not to mention the solar powered machinery. They've established Pisgah Banjos - a company based on quality, affordable instruments made of sustainable woods (and more).



It's a compelling story, hopefully one that will be around for a long, long time. Based on their ages (all pretty much 20-somethings), that could happen!



 






 



Start here:  http://www.northamericanbanjobuilders.com and pre-order Volume 4 for the passcodes.  For those that have already purchased, you know the drill to see the new Shows (or write me for instructions).



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Yay!  Playing an apple orchard today! Debbie Sorensen-Boeh and I started this tradition 8 years ago.  She's been gone 3 years, now, but I still hear her incredible, joyful fiddle.  You hear her playing Fisher's Hornpipe in the opening credits on Banjo Builders Volumes 1-3.  



 



Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/12/2013:  09:03:38


Craig,



Boy, that Debbie Sorensen-Boeh was a strong fiddler.



 



frailin - Posted - 10/12/2013:  12:06:31


 It looks like Vimeo decided not to load Patrick's video. It's hung up. I'll get on it tomorrow.



I'm still at the apple orchard. Sorry folks.


frailin - Posted - 10/12/2013:  19:59:40


Ok. It's 10PM on Saturday night and Patrick Heavner's Show is now up on Vimeo. smiley


frailin - Posted - 10/15/2013:  04:17:09


This week's goals:  Ken Levan and Randy Cordle.  approve


rudy - Posted - 10/15/2013:  19:37:18


quote:

Originally posted by frailin

 

This week's goals:  Ken Levan and Randy Cordle.  approve







Can't speak for Ken, but I consider myself a simple person.smiley


frailin - Posted - 10/16/2013:  12:01:07


I'm thinking a "free" showing of a Volume 4 Banjo Builder interview might be in order.  Got a couple thoughts on this.  



More in a bit.  


frailin - Posted - 10/17/2013:  15:18:17


BHO Banjo Builders - Those that teach.  



 



“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." ~ Mark van Doren





I'm pretty sure most of us could look back and single out at least 2-3 teachers that deserve a special "thanks."  Their help could either be in the form of pointing out a positive or, better yet, helping one overcome a challenge that baffled us.  More often than not, their insights were based on first-hand experience. They could inspire because they'd "been there," had "done that" and could offer "try this."  



When it comes to building banjos, two (of three) teaching folks here at BHO that fill that role are Randy Cordle and Ken LeVan (Dan Knowles also qualifies). The last 3 days of editing Randy and Ken's interviews have been nothing short of delightful (Dan K. comes up next week).  These people love to teach.  And their experience is formidable.  



The more I got to thinking about it, the more I felt sharing Randy and Ken's stories with those that have been touched through their efforts (here at BHO) would be a very good thing.  As such...



For the next 72 hours (through Sunday night), Ken LeVan and Randy Cordle's Banjo Builder Shows are free to view.  



Now, know that the Show's aren't yet final... there are still a few glitches for me to fix (i.e. the music/performer credits on Randy's Show).  But the "gist" of who these amazing (and generous) people are is very much there.  



So here you go.  Meet your teachers.  I hope you too find, they're not just knowledgeable (and kind), they're inspiring human beings.  



Click on the link for a free view.  Sunday night I turn it off.  



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For years, "Rudy" as he's known on Banjo Hangout (BHO), has been supplying banjo builders of all ages and abilities with sage advice and documentation on just how to go about building a proper 'jo. It was great to finally meet the man behind the mystique.



Randy Cordle is quiet, unassuming and quick with a smile. He's also an innovative engineer at heart. You can see his "problem solving" approach in just about everything he does. And this interview is a perfect example.



Thanks to BHO (and the WWW), Randy has probably positively affected more banjo building than any one else this century. Thanks Randy!





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Hands down, Ken wins the "farthest off the grid" award for Banjo Builders. "Hermit Thrush" is a glorious place... a wonderful, inspiring home to Levan Banjos.



Ken is part designer, part mad scientist and full-time advocate for the instrument that has captured his heart. You sense his enthusiasm throughout every aspect of his work.



Oh, and Hugo the singing dog makes a cameo.





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Remember, good through Sunday night.  


lazlototh - Posted - 10/18/2013:  05:08:50


Thanks for the shows!
Two builders that I have been wanting to see.

tom in maine

Yanni - Posted - 10/19/2013:  01:04:16


Wonderful Craig, thanks for sharing these :)



Ian


frailin - Posted - 10/19/2013:  05:19:51


Been a productive week.  Wife's out-of-town... been burnin' the midnight oil.  



 



In addition to Randy and Ken's interviews, late last night I finished David Ball's Show.  I've used up most of my Vimeo upload bandwidth for the week, but there might be just enough for me to squeak it on.  Will investigate.  If so, you'll have yet another incredibly interesting builder to watch.  



My goals for next week are to finish Dan Knowles and maybe Wyatt's interviews.  They're both going to be rather challenging (lots of material).



Glad you folks are enjoying the Volume 4 Banjo Builders!  I have to admit, during edit, I'm laughing out loud at some of these guys.  big



 



 


frailin - Posted - 10/19/2013:  05:31:01


Yay!  Just enough room!  



 



Good news!  I WAS able to upload David Ball's program!  If you've already purchased Volume 4, it's available for previewing right now on Vimeo.  



There are now 9 Volume 4 Banjo Builder Shows completed (out of 12 plus 2 Extras that will follow shortly). If you'd like to pre-order (and receive the passcodes), head over to northamericanbanjobuilders.com and click on the Volume 4 Buy-it-now button.  Enjoy!!  



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David Ball was on my radar as an incredible banjo performer years before it occurred to me that he actually made the amazing banjos he played. What a sound! I've now been to the mountain top and have seen how the "internal resonators" are made... and there are some surprises!



But the biggest surprise was David Ball the human being. HE is amazing.



David's Tennessee and old-time roots run very deep. He knows the instrument, its makers and innovators and the music genre as well as any one person I've ever known. Sure wish he lived closer. And his astonishing intellect and recall have amassed quite a reservoir of banjo-related knowledge (aka: trivia). I saved a bit of that as a surprise at the end of his Show.



Enjoy!





 



Edited by - frailin on 10/19/2013 05:38:20

banjered - Posted - 10/19/2013:  09:31:26


Warmest THANKS Craig for all you've done for us in the banjo community!  You know I am also giving thanks from  eleventy-seven thousand others in the banjo community - CARRY ON!!! Banjered


Paul Meredith - Posted - 10/19/2013:  11:01:21


Craig - thanks so much for the free Cordle and LeVan videos, both of these guys have shared lifetimes of banjo building knowledge with the BHO community.   It's great to be able to see and hear them.  As always, your insightful interviewing techniques and manner seems to really get people to open up and share their knowledge and enthusiasm.  Fantastic!


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/19/2013:  15:18:18


These were great videos, Craig.  Thanks for making them and sharing them.  All these builders are modest, self-effacing, very free with advice and guidance, motivated and creative in the extreme.  They all seem to live in homes that bear the stamp of their individuality and inventive/artistic spirit.   And they all make great music, as well as making great music possible for us, their “consumers.”  Craig, thanks for these nice discussions and the displays of the work of these great artisan geniuses.



 



Lew


frailin - Posted - 10/19/2013:  15:50:46


Thank you for all the kind words.  I'm seriously humbled.  



But the most rewarding, gratifying part of this whole birthday adventure has been how much you folks are appreciating learning about this group of unique individuals.  



It's a great time to be a banjo player.  You meet the nicest people!  Not to mention; interesting, unique, bright, resourceful, ingenious, helpful/generous, creative, fun/playful, joyful... (your adjective here).   big



Craig



Edited by - frailin on 10/19/2013 15:57:27

Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/20/2013:  02:38:59


OK, I'll take that Craig challenge. 



Here's the adjective I'd deploy:  inspiring.



Any other adjectives?



 


ballbanjos - Posted - 10/20/2013:  05:46:16


How about  Plaid?  Very few exceptions to that one in this crew!



 



Dave



 



ps--nice job, Craig!


frailin - Posted - 10/21/2013:  16:25:57


Dan Knowles Show now at Vimeo.  



 



What a hoot.  This guy is just plain fun anyway you cut it.  And you won't believe his banjos!!  



"Ladies and gentlemen, one-of-a-kind... Mr. Dan Knowles!!"



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Oh my this was fun.



If you've not yet met Dan Knowles, you're in for a treat. In addition to being a full-time Banjo Builder, Dan also makes his living as a banjo performer and teacher. As an artist, he's livin' the dream!



Dan is also a sensitive guy. It's not only one of his gifts, it plays into every aspect of his banjo life. Hearing him tell the story just confirms what a fine human being he is. But you'll figure that out within the first few minutes.



Dan is one more confirmation of what a unique group of individuals these north American Banjo Builders really are.




bricklifter1 - Posted - 10/21/2013:  17:28:36


I just watched the Dan Knowles episode---what a diversely talented man: repairman, builder, artist, performer, teacher.  I own the 1st 3 dvds and just ordered number four a few minutes ago.  Mr. Knowles is among the builders with what I would call the deepest artist ethos.  I found myself hoping he would describe the paintings in his shop: and I'm not much of an art guy--more of a woodworker.  That's why I have the whole collection of dvds: it is so interesting to see how each builder is part artist, woodworker, craftsman, and even business owner (see Bart Reiter's episode). 



Looking forward to the dvd, Craig



 



Chris


DEmery - Posted - 10/21/2013:  17:47:06


What a great visit with ole" Dan. I have known him for years and been the benefactor of several outstanding banjos. Not only is he a talented person; but even more an outstanding individual. This past spring I met Dan at his shop along with John Balch that traveled over from Murfreesboro to pick up the slot head Saint Augustine. His shop is a reflection of his personality and is such fun. I hope to drop by again this next year when we are visiting near by family. Thanks for making the video available. It was a pleasure to spend time with both of you this evening. Knowles eye candy below. David E.   




Dan Knowles Applies French Polish to Ebony Rim








New 1850 Jacobs by Dan Knowles, Luthier


New1850 Rim


1975 F5 Gibson Master Model rebuilt by Dan Knowles


Ole' Abe built by Dan Knowles


Ebony banjo Sherry Lynne built by Dan Knowles


Goshen buit by Dan Knowles


Goshen built by Dan Knowles


Goshen by Dan Knowles

jims38134 - Posted - 10/21/2013:  18:14:58


Awesome post! Thanks


Patrick Hanna - Posted - 10/21/2013:  19:29:32


Very, very nice program. They all have been. Compliments on the production values throughout, too. I've directed enough television commercials and educational videos to know that these programs are waaaaaaay beyond the ordinary. Most importantly, you have given me the sense that I know these guys. I've corresponded with all of them, however briefly. But you have given me the sense that I KNOW them.

Well done!

Patrick

Pine Cone - Posted - 10/21/2013:  20:27:35


Ab Fab!  That was a great interview.   Very enjoyable and a great insight to an interesting person. Your style seems to have become more relaxed and you do a great job of showing us what makes the person you are filming so interesting.  Can't wait for your next project!  Keep up the good work!



Thank you for all of your efforts in this endeavor.  You done REAL GOOD!


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/22/2013:  05:15:16


Craig,



Great job capturing the Inner Dan Knowles.  He is, as you show, a great musician, a careful and artful luthier, and a thoughtful artistic soul.  He’s even better visually than he is in his thread, and in his thread – and the side conversations it engenders – he’s always polite, helpful and gracious.  Thanks for sharing.



Lew


Dan Knowles - Posted - 10/22/2013:  09:01:18


Craig,



Thank you for including me in your wonderful series. I've been interviewed many times but this was by far the most satisfying time. You are the most intuitive and kind interviewer I've ever worked with. Your production values are immaculate. Thank you again for including me.


jbalch - Posted - 10/22/2013:  17:08:04


Fantastic interview with Dan.  He is a treasure and a true friend!  I'm thrilled that more folks will come to know Dan through this project.  Well done Craig!


dmiller - Posted - 10/22/2013:  23:32:39


These interviews are awesome!  Thanks, Craig (frailin).  


GSCarson - Posted - 10/23/2013:  08:28:46


Great job with Dan's interview Craig, really enjoyed watching it and getting to know Dan a little better, inspiring as all of them have been for me and I've come away from every one of them wishing I lived closer to whoever you were interviewing.  I also agree with what the other builders have expressed about your interviewing style, for despite the fact that my situation was "slightly" unusual, it was comfortable, fun and and went way too fast (except for the hiking part...).  This whole thing may be one of the greatest 60th birthday presents ever!  Has me stewing about mine next year!



All the best,



Glenn Carson


rudy - Posted - 10/23/2013:  10:07:16


quote:

Originally posted by GSCarson

 

Great job with Dan's interview Craig, really enjoyed watching it and getting to know Dan a little better, inspiring as all of them have been for me and I've come away from every one of them wishing I lived closer to whoever you were interviewing.  I also agree with what the other builders have expressed about your interviewing style, for despite the fact that my situation was "slightly" unusual, it was comfortable, fun and and went way too fast (except for the hiking part...).  This whole thing may be one of the greatest 60th birthday presents ever!  Has me stewing about mine next year!




All the best,




Glenn Carson







Hi Glenn, I've always appreciated seeing your work here on the hangout but the interview with Craig really highlighted the back story that I was unaware of.  The best part about these interviews is the way we get to know the person being interviewed. It was great to have the opportunity to meet you!



I truly treasure every one of the interviews I've seen.



 


GSCarson - Posted - 10/23/2013:  11:39:52


Thanks for the comments Randy.  Same here with yours.  Much as I would really love to be able to work on banjos at home, thats just not been possible for me for the past 12 years, so just about any banjo related work I've posted with the exception of metal work has been done elsewhere during my travels, usually in a hotel. That includes all of the pearl engraving and carving and such.



I essentially constructed 90% of the past six banjos I've built in hotels. Thats also the reason I told Craig it didn't really matter where we met, as I really don't get to work on banjos much while I'm home.  It has turned me back into much more of a hand tool guy, and thats not a bad thing. I probably shouldn't confess this, but as an example I did the routing for the peghead binding ledge for the Vega deluxe I made for Reed Martin in a hotel mostly with a #11 Exacto knife, not my preference but I needed to get it done and thats how I ended up handling it! 



I've been working towards getting back into a more normal mode for the past year, and watching the other interviews certainly has sparked that desire as I have a whole lot of projects started that I'd love to be working on if I had the time. Hopefully 2014 will bring some changes and I'll actually be able to work out of my own shop, maybe that'll be my own 60th birthday present to myself!



I'm looking forward to viewing Wyatt's and the other guys as Craig finishes them up as well.  Best, Glenn 



Edited by - GSCarson on 10/23/2013 11:41:03

Dan Knowles - Posted - 10/23/2013:  13:07:40


Randy & Glenn,



I have to second all of your thoughts (or rather third). I've been taking a gander at that map that Craig sent us thinkin' about a trip.



The kinship which I feel personally with the other builders (although I've never met most) after watching the other interviews is an amazing thing to me. Building is so often such a solitary endeavor.  Thank you each for your sharing.



Yours,



Dan Knowles



Edited by - Dan Knowles on 10/23/2013 13:08:09

Paul Meredith - Posted - 10/23/2013:  19:20:19


Craig - delightful interview of Dan Knowles!  I've seen the banjo Orpheus in the "flesh", its great to see and hear the builder.


frailin - Posted - 10/24/2013:  05:22:48


Luke Mercier!  



 



More Banjo Builder interviews now at Vimeo!  big



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Take a gifted 18 year old artist/musician from a family of builders and woodworkers, teach him how to restore precious old instruments and then turn him on to traditional Americana music and what do you get? Luke Mercier!



Luke is a versatile change-agent. His work shows exploration/expansion based on history and the tenants of both violin and banjo making. He lives way up in Ontario... but oddly enough, he's found himself in the middle of a culture that deeply respects music and the instruments that make it.



We can expect great things from Luke for many years to come!



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Start here:  http://www.northamericanbanjobuilders.com and pre-order Volume 4 for the passcodes.  For those that have already purchased, you know the drill to see the new Shows (or write me for instructions).



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Wyatt Fawley is next.  smiley




Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 10/24/2013:  10:56:04


Craig,



Another home run. 



Thanks for bringing this gentleman's instrument making art and talent to my attention. 



He's also a strong banjo and fiddle player. 



I love the way he combines fiddle elements in his banjo neck architecture.



Thanks for your industry in this film making work.



 



Lew


frailin - Posted - 10/24/2013:  11:38:52


Hey Chris (Bricklifter).  I got your PM, but my return email is being blocked on your end (at least that's what the BHO notice tells me).



 Did you get my response?  approve



Edited by - frailin on 10/24/2013 11:40:10

lukemercier - Posted - 10/24/2013:  19:29:20


Craig,

When you left here, I felt very positive about your visit. After you’d left, your words “Well, I think I have everything I need here” echoed around in my head for awhile… I felt as though I‘d just rambled on about crap on camera for two hours and then you left. I couldn’t imagine how this was going to turnout.

I’ve really enjoyed watching all of these interviews. It’s great to now have a mental picture of the great personalities behind the names I’ve been hearing for several years. The level of respect, genuine interest and sensitivity you’ve shown toward all of us has clearly helped us open up for you and it is detectable in all of the videos I’ve seen so far.
Your countless hours on the road and your undying determination to meet us all; capture our stories to
share with others deserves a standing ovation, not to mention, racing back home to piece it all together.
It was Great to meet you Craig and an honour to have been included in this series. These makers are truly a great bunch!

Today, I am proud to be a Banjo Maker!

Sincerely,
Luke

Thanks for the kind words Lew.

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