March banjos and necks

March started off with two custom banjos. #201 was an ash 11″ with cherry trim, a hop-hornbeam fretboard, a paddle peghead and a Dobson heel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Banjo #202 was a 10″ walnut C scale with aged brass hardware. This is the first banjo I have made with a brass plate in the scoop. The plate is not functional.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Banjos 203-206 are all stock instruments and are shown on the Banjos page.

My last two projects for March were necks for old pots. The first is a curly maple A scale neck with abalone dots and stars.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The other neck was a short A scale or long C scale. A previous builder had cut out the side profile of a neck blank but not gotten further with it. The customer supplied all of the materials and I just put it together. I sent this neck unfinished, since the customer likes to do that work himself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now that April is here I am working on 5 banjos and an octave mandolin. As spring arrives I’m not able to get quite as much time in the shop, but I’ll hope for some rainy days when I can stay in and get caught up on things.