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Progress report

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I've got the tops glued to the sides for my banjolas.  While trimming the top with a router and pattern following bit, I did OK on one but blew out the top along the edge of one curve so it will take a little repair work there.  Next up: install piezo pickups and jacks.

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building vs. playing

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2 comments

Time out for tool building

Monday, November 23, 2009 Add Comment

Bracing? Soundholes? what is this?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Add Comment

Blown out brass

Saturday, September 12, 2009 2 comments

Pioneer Day in Utah

Friday, July 24, 2009 2 comments

building and playing

Monday, July 6, 2009 Add Comment

Fretboard not finished?

Thursday, June 25, 2009 Add Comment

Fretboard finished?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Add Comment

A little Jammin'

Friday, June 5, 2009 Add Comment

Inlays engraved and filled

Friday, May 15, 2009 1 comment

What's up?

Sunday, May 10, 2009 Add Comment

Inlays glued and leveled

Monday, April 13, 2009 1 comment

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Playing Since: 1998
Experience Level: Intermediate

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Occupation: Computer Programmer

Gender: Male
Age: 67

My Instruments:
Home built - 2 minstrel fretless, 2 short-scale, others

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Bob Flesher, Camptown Shakers, Planxty, De Danaan, Deseret String Band, any Old-time, minstrel, string band types.

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Born in Arizona, I have fond memories of a small-town Colorado childhood and suburban Bay Area (CA) adolescence. I've lived my entire adult life in Utah. A computer programmer by profession, I enjoy working with my hands in wood and metal (although I find mistakes in software much easier to correct). I built my first instrument in 1991, my first banjo (and third overall) in 1999, and have built as of 2013 about 28 instruments, including 21 banjos, mostly from scratch on my own designs. I started trying to learn 3-finger banjo in 1998, found it to be too difficult, developed a two finger style on my own, but finally got the hang of frailing a few years later. Since then I've been slooowly working on improving my technique and repertoire. Favorite quotes: "A lot of our culture is lost in our lives-the old stories that were told by mothers and fathers who would go into the bush and then return to tell the others what they had seen. The problem now is that no one goes out and does anything, so we have no stories to tell our children. We have nothing to pass on. In the old days we had to make a musical instrument and sing along to it. Now we just go into town and buy a tape and listen to that." - Mario Mahongo, !Xu Bushman, quoted in National Geographic, Feb. 2001, p 117. "As a boy, I recall going with Dad to the woods to get the timber for banjo-making. He selected a tree by its appearance and by sounding...hitting a tree with a hammer or axe broadside to tell by the sound if it's straight-grained...As I watched him shaping the wood for a banjo, I learned to love the smell of the fresh shavings as they gathered on the floor of our cabin...When the strings was put on and the pegs turned and the musical notes began to fill the cabin, I looked upon my father as the greatest man on earth for creating such a wonderful thing out of a piece of wood, a greasy skin, and some strings." - Frank Profitt, cited in Foxfire 3, p 124 from Sing Out, Oct-Nov 1963.

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