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What a way to get started

Posted by walhooey on Monday, September 3, 2007

I was a railroad switchman/conductor for about 35years. I was working a regular yard  job in Roseville Ca. one morning when my engineer(known as a Hoghead) asked me if I wanted some firewood.  He was cutting down a huge pecan tree in is yard.  Being somewhat of a  smartaleck I told  him "sure  give an 8 foot  log and  I'll build a  banjo  out  of it.    5:30  the next morning  I hear a thump out on  my front lawn and walk outside to find an 8 foot log laying  right  in the middle of the lawn.   I cussed a few time and figured I would get even at work. Shoved the log around the side  of the house and left it.  I got to work and found out that my engineer had gotten off of the job. 
       I didn't see  him for a year and then one morning in  he walks.  First thing  he asked was how the banjo was coming.  I went home and started on number 1 from that log.  I am  working on number six now in addition to 2 guitars.  What a wonderful hobby and I am even learning to play a little. Walhooey


6 comments on “What a way to get started”

banjotef Says:
Monday, September 3, 2007 @8:13:58 AM

Gary:
   Now THAT'S what I call a BANJO KIT!!

mainejohn Says:
Monday, November 5, 2007 @7:41:59 AM

Great story...AND..I've actually been in Roseville!

strokestyle Says:
Sunday, December 9, 2007 @2:07:12 PM

I enjoyed your story!

Richie Dotson Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2008 @9:01:19 PM

You are a man after my own heart!  Please tell your engineer that Richie Dotson in Virginia says hello.  The next time I'm in California I'll look you up and please do the same if you are in Virginia.

Richie Dotson

banjor13 Says:
Thursday, February 21, 2008 @5:31:59 PM

Great Story, please post close up pictures of your

banjos.  You didn't say if you were playing them yet?

If so, what style do you play?

Regards, Becky

JanetB Says:
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 @5:22:25 AM

Good story, Gary. Never too late to learn anything.

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