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Re-enactor's conference

Monday, March 30, 2009

I went to a historical re-enactor's conference at This is the Place Heritage Park on Saturday.  I took my "Old Deseret" minstrel banjo as there was a session on 19th Century music.  It was fun - after the seminars were over I had a bit of a jam session with a concertina player and the fellow who presented the music session on guitar.

I also learned a new (to me) method of sharpening a scraper I'll have to try out. Add Comment

Funny how that works

Friday, March 20, 2009 Add Comment

Still doing inlay

Thursday, March 12, 2009 Add Comment

Ching a Ring Chaw

Monday, March 9, 2009 Add Comment

more inlay complete

Friday, March 6, 2009 Add Comment

Making do

Monday, February 23, 2009 Add Comment

A chance to perform

Sunday, February 15, 2009 Add Comment

Bandsaw = bone saw

Sunday, February 8, 2009 5 comments

Banjo Pot Completed

Friday, January 30, 2009 Add Comment

Losing weight

Monday, January 26, 2009 1 comment

Happy Birthday to me

Friday, January 16, 2009 Add Comment

Welding a brass tone/tension ring

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 3 comments

The Haul

Friday, December 26, 2008 Add Comment

Neck Carving at UIBA

Thursday, December 11, 2008 1 comment

Annealing brass

Monday, December 8, 2008 1 comment

Low bass tuning

Friday, December 5, 2008 1 comment


Thursday, November 27, 2008 1 comment

back to back

Monday, November 24, 2008 Add Comment

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Playing Since: 1998
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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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