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The inspiration for my son’s fourth birthday present came from this book. Although he is still very young, I thought the exposure to stringed instruments may be good for him.

The curly maple neck was actually made over 30 years ago (never used) by an accomplished banjo maker. It is a very short neck that was perfect for my son’s size. My friend and co-worker, Tom, who is a luthier assisted in getting it all put together correctly. We used Honduran Mahogany inside the tin as a brace and Gabon Ebony for the bridge.

It didn’t take long for my son to wind up one of the tuners so much as to break a string. So until he starts lessons, it will stay as a three string canjo. He has already asked Tom what we need to do to electrify it!

-- Randy

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#1 posted 453 days ago

Wow, this is really cool. Great job

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#2 posted 453 days ago

This is great.

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#3 posted 453 days ago

Very cute. Nice build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 453 days ago

Very kewl! Do you have any photos of the build in process? This looks like a banjo Steve Martin might play. : )

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#5 posted 453 days ago

That book looks like a lot of fun and the instrument looks great. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 453 days ago

Oreos and a banjo combined, what better way to coax a son into music. Just let him use the book and he
can answer his own question about electrifying it. Honeytone makes a nice small amp that will keep your
nerves in better shape until you can soundproof his room. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 452 days ago

Cool project. Start them early.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 452 days ago

Fun project. Looks really well done. Great gift for your son. He will be installing pickups on it in no time!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 452 days ago

Great project and an excellent gift!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#10 posted 452 days ago

What a marvelous project! You did very well and I think your son has a great father!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 450 days ago

Pretty and well made piece! Cool design, love oreos. He might be a great artist someday. Great job!

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#12 posted 449 days ago

Thank you for all the nice comments and kind words. I enjoyed making it which didn’t really take too much time. I did not take any pictures of the build process as it was pretty basic. I actually found and bought the Oreo can on eBay. It was the perfect size.

-- Randy

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