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Good job, Ian. It is indeed a formidable instrument. So what exactly is paduak?
Thanks for the kind words Rob.
Paduak is an wild looking orange and brown grained wood. It looks like mahogany on drugs. It's from South Africa so it's not exactly authentic/indigenous 19th century banjo material but when I saw a little piece of it for sale in Lee Valley Tools I couldn't resist. I also discovered it smells like incense when you cut it.
I just discovered the photos of your tack head banjo. (I'm new to this site.) Very nice by the way... I am in process of mulling over a build project and thought I'd ask if you have noticed any drawbacks to the tack head. Is it only a viable instrument in dry weather? I am the kind of guy who loves to fuss with head tension on my fretted tenor banjo. But I was thinking that because it is obviously less complex than an adjustable head banjo it might be a nice first project banjo for a do-it-yourselfer like myself. I am not afraid of the woodwork... I can manage that,,, but the metal work looks a little tricky on some of the parts since I am short on knowledge as well as metalworking equipment. Oh and by the way did you buy the tool for cutting the peg tapers and the hole taper or is there some way around that?... Stumac seems to want an arm and a leg for them.
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