building tack-head, primitive banjos
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Last Visit 10/6/2015
David Newton was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. Other than a short jaunt out of the house for a stint in the Navy, has made his home, family, church, and instrument shop here. I learned woodworking from my father, and my grandfather worked in wood also, though he died before I knew him. I was the first in my family to play an instrument, the folk boom of the 50's woke me up to the greatness of the guitar. I built my first guitar at about 12 yrs old, though it wasn't a truly functioning instrument, that came in 1974. I did my first commission and commercial repair work in late 1975. I put away the dream of building full time in 1977 when I got married, and did repairs for the local market for 30 years, part-time, evenings and weekends. Now, almost all the kids have grown up and moved out, and I've now quit doing repairs, to be able to spend all my available hours building instruments. I have a small shop "out back" and it is nicely equipped with the accumulated tools and wood of the last 30 years. I prefer to work primarily with the Honduras Mahogany that I've collected, and other nice rosewood and ebony for the little bits and pieces of instruments. Guitars are my major project, but I've built lots of mandolins too, and for a while I was building ukuleles in partnership with a fellow in Seabrook, not too far from NASA. I've just recently tried my hand at a tackhead banjo, thus my membership here.
'11" banjo heads. $15 ea' 46 min