|Project by jeffthewoodwacker||posted 06-30-2012 10:14 PM||2498 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
I have not posted recently due to a lot of travel and working on commissioned pieces. Seven other members of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners and myself designed and built this fantasy banjo as an entry in the American Association of Woodturners 2012 Woodturning Symposium Chapter Collaborative Challenge. The Fantasy Banjo entry took first place in the Fantasy category. There are 250 total hours of work on this project. Banjo features are as follows: Body was turned from cherry stave construction – a little more than 16” in diameter. Rear banjo panel was turned from cherry (1/16 inch thick) and features rose engine design work. Front sound board of banjo was turned from cherry (1/16 inch thick) and features custom piercing and pyrography design elements. The center piece of the sound board was turned from a piece of highly quilted maple. The walnut neck was steam bent to fit the sides of the banjo – total banjo height is 47”! The frets were turned from holly and ebony. The bridge is holly and ebony and sits on four pieces turned from a left over corian counter top. The banjo tailpiece is an old fork that was bent and attached to the banjo. The retaining rings for the top and bottom of the banjo were turned from poplar, ebonized and then rubbed with liming wax. The tuning knobs were turned from antler. A hand was carved and is a separate piece of the display. The wooden stand was turned from various pieces of wood. The very end of the neck was cut in the shape of the state of Tennessee and is carved. The ends of each piece of the stand were threaded and wooden nuts were turned and threaded to fit – the stand breaks down into 4 pieces. Banjo finish is high gloss wipe on poly – 20 coats! The banjo is not playable.
-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.