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Jul 1, 2019 - 8:35:31 PM
854 posts since 3/1/2012

Thought I would share some photos. I bought a round wooden planter here on the BanjoHangout Marketplace awhile back. A luthier friend with the tools and building experience is helping me with the neck. I bought some custom-made clip-on brackets from Mark Ralston, and I made hooks out of nails. We made a wooden tension ring by steaming and bending and laminating some oak strips. The lyre-shaped peghead is based on a 19th century photo of a Colorado miner with a similar banjo. We still need to put on the skin head, finish shaping the neck, and add pegs, strings, and a tailpiece. Here is what the project looks like so far...
Hmmm...it’s not letting me select and upload....

Jul 1, 2019 - 8:36:21 PM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Will upload the photos when I can.

Jul 2, 2019 - 5:10:08 AM

5138 posts since 12/20/2005

I'm looking forward to the pics
How wide is the rim ?

Jul 2, 2019 - 6:51:41 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

The rim is about 15 1/4 inches.

Jul 2, 2019 - 7:43:53 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Lets try this again...




 

Jul 2, 2019 - 7:48:11 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

And more...




 

Jul 2, 2019 - 8:12:07 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Here is where I got the idea for the lyre-shaped peghead, and here is the pattern I made...




Jul 2, 2019 - 8:22:12 AM

Jbo1

USA

813 posts since 5/19/2007

A very cool looking project. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like.

Jul 2, 2019 - 9:07:48 AM

810 posts since 8/7/2017

Neat project, pretty wood with your staining. Looks like you threaded the nails? I always found that Tap Magic was a good help in threading.

The miner must not have been playing long because he's got that bottle firmly anchored. With those boot tops, he could slip a hip flask into them and have a reliable drink holder, irregardless of how long he played/drank :-)

Edited by - BrooksMT on 07/02/2019 09:10:08

Jul 2, 2019 - 9:15:13 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

The banjo-playing miner with the half-empty whisky bottle between his knees is the only one in the photo who is sitting--must have been powerful stuff!

Jul 2, 2019 - 10:52:01 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

quote:
Originally posted by BrooksMT

Neat project, pretty wood with your staining. Looks like you threaded the nails? I always found that Tap Magic was a good help in threading.

The miner must not have been playing long because he's got that bottle firmly anchored. With those boot tops, he could slip a hip flask into them and have a reliable drink holder, irregardless of how long he played/drank :-)


Brooks--yes--threaded the nails with a tap tool. Since the nails are barely long enough, I will be using thin nuts and a pliers to tighten.

Jul 2, 2019 - 12:42:12 PM

52179 posts since 12/14/2005

Wonder how much PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE  paid him to model for their album cover.....

 

Anyway, the banjo is looking good, so far.

Jul 4, 2019 - 9:32:26 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Tried putting an 18 inch skin head on the 15 1/4 pot, but there wasn't enough extra to bring the skin back up under the tension ring. Plan B: just ordered a 20 inch skin. Waiting on that.
Meanwhile, my friend who is making the neck just sent me photos. Its coming along nicely, I think.




Jul 9, 2019 - 7:55:26 PM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Wrestled the skin head on, with the help of a friend.




 

Jul 9, 2019 - 8:30:50 PM

810 posts since 8/7/2017

Progress :-)

Nice looking pattern on skin head.

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:50:26 AM

4611 posts since 9/21/2007

Interesting peg layout on the banjo in the photo...


 

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:00:06 AM
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4611 posts since 9/21/2007

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:47:59 AM

161 posts since 11/13/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

 

 

 

 


I'd say Jim has an idea for a tailpiece now if he didn't before. This one is sort of reverse pattern of the headstock. Cool.

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:40:44 AM

4611 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Trailryder42
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

 

 

 

 


I'd say Jim has an idea for a tailpiece now if he didn't before. This one is sort of reverse pattern of the headstock. Cool.

The tailpiece is a cool design but I am not certain it is original to the banjo it is on.  

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:37:05 AM
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52179 posts since 12/14/2005

I'd rather have it cool than original.

Is there any better ranking of a banjo's quality than

1. Easy to play
2. Sounds good
3. Looks good.

However, since it is YOUR banjo, you get to make the decisions within boundaries set by the laws of your location, and the laws of physics.

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:09:29 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Interesting peg layout on the banjo in the photo...


Alright, Joel--WHERE did you get all those photos? I was just basing the lyre peghead design on the old miner in that photo I posted. Looks like you have an entire closet of the dang thing!

ANd do you have any info on where the design originated? Seems scarcer than hen's teeth nowadays.

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:23:05 AM

4611 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by IMBanjoJim
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Interesting peg layout on the banjo in the photo...


Alright, Joel--WHERE did you get all those photos? I was just basing the lyre peghead design on the old miner in that photo I posted. Looks like you have an entire closet of the dang thing!

ANd do you have any info on where the design originated? Seems scarcer than hen's teeth nowadays.


There are 6 of them on the Banjo Sightings Database.

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:27:33 AM

854 posts since 3/1/2012


There are 6 of them on the Banjo Sightings Database.



And now I know...thanks.

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:37:08 PM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

And here is how the neck and the pot look, so far...


 

Jul 20, 2019 - 7:04:14 PM

854 posts since 3/1/2012

Well, it actually seems to be a banjo! Strings are still stretching, of course, and there is the occasional, somewhat ominous, noises as things stretch and bend, but it all turned out ok. Wasn’t sure if I’d get a short scale cello, or what, but it seems to be comfortable in dADF#A, which is where most of my banjos are.


 

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:51:10 PM
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854 posts since 3/1/2012

And here is the video:


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