Birth of a Banjo - Entry 1 : Teaching Music Through the Back Door
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Birth of a Banjo - Entry 1

by Brett Ridgeway on 08/07/17

I have commissioned a custom Banjo from Ryan Navey of the Carolina Banjo Company. Through the process of building my banjo he will send me pictures of the step-by-step process so that you can see my Banjo come to life!

The first step was picking the wood. He chose this large piece of cherry which will actually yield 10 to 12 banjos. As can be seen the tree was quite large and came from Davidson, North Carolina. It has been hair hacked, dried, stacked with spaces between the boards for over 15 years. Some of it is curly but I'll clean cherry with no dirty streets. This is where my banjo will originate.

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