|Project by darkhollow||posted 619 days ago||1334 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Well, I’d been wantin’ a banjo that was light enough and sturdy enough to take on backpacking trips for a while now, and when I came across this bright red, teflon-coated thin steel pan in a thrift store, the solution came to me! It is pretty simple. the neck is from some scrap oak, and the nut and saddle are from maple. I added the tensioning wedge and wire band later, to account for any bending of the post while under pressure. The whole thing is just 26” long, about ten inches shorter thank my others. This is so that I can strap it onto the back of my pack and not have it stick up or down past the pack, where it might snag on brush. At this point it is not really finished, as I will scrape it and maybe embellish it a bit on my next few hikes with it. I do plan on leaving some hatchet and drawknife marks on it, to show the mark of the hand. The hardware was mostly scavenged stuff, with the exception of whatever the thing is that the strings attach to at the base of the instrument, which I fashioned out of a scrap of brass. I think it sounds pretty good, but i may be biased… The dog doesn’t leave the room when I play it at least!
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