For enthusiasts of early banjo
A beauty! Love the star on the peghead, and the wood color.
Thank-you. I built this banjo from a Bob Flesher kit some 10 years ago at least. The star is made of Ivory that came from old piano keys. The banjo has a rubbed linseed oil finish.
That looks like a very thin skinhead- is it what they call 'slunk', or unborn calf? I had a couple banjos with those, and the humidity problems were significant while camping out, them being so very thin. They were mostly transparent, and had an iridescent sheen.
Yes. it is a thin head. It's calfskin and high humidity will yield some big problems, but the strings are gut and they are affected by the humidity also. I have been playing as darkness fell and you could hear it go flat duing one song! Amazing. Just have to tighten up the head and re-tune. Then remember to loosen the head up again when you put it away. That is really only a problem when the humidity and the temperature are really high. It's hopeless on one of those 95° 95% humidity days... but then, I'm not much good then either! :-)
di you by chance build that camp chair? If so , is it your design,, its really nice , Id like to build one, maybe see another pic
Glad you like it Steve, but that is one of the few articles of camp gear that I didn't make. It's an all oak chair I bought from a fellow who usually shows up at the Antique Arms Show every March in Kalamazoo, Mi. That's where I got mine.
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