The shop is still coming along incrementally. I hope to have the insulation all covered with OSB panels by sometime in November, and to keep adding more shelves so I can be slightly less disorganized. From mid-September on I began working slowly on a couple of custom necks and three stock banjos, and now this first batch is completed. I will have a small batch to build here in the latter half of October, and should be back to a regular monthly post about what I’ve been making.
The first neck to be completed and set up is a 24.6″ scale length cherry neck with Blackwood Tek trim, mounted on an ODE aluminum pot. It is my first Buckbee style peghead, and my first experience with this pot style. The customer also ordered the armrest. He likes to do his own finishing, so this was shipped unfinished but set up, as shown here.
The other custom neck was a 17 fret tenor for a vintage Vega large size pot. This one was made from African mahogany and rosewood. It has my usual Tru Oil finish.
The rest of this batch was three 11″ cherry banjos with different tone rings and trim woods. They are banjos 261-263 and are shown on the Banjos page. I’ll make a couple of 12″ banjos next, along with another custom neck.