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Walnut banjo neck in the rough. Drawknife from 1895.

New member. Although I've built a couple of stringed instruments, never a banjo. I will be curing this by the campfire for many hours over the summer and begin carving in October. No doubt, I will be asking for advice as I work through the project. This will be Boucher style.

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Comment by Brian Kimerer on May 16, 2018 at 6:31pm

Wow. That really is starting from scratch. I have built several Boucher necks, but I always started with kiln dried lumber.

Do keep posting your progress. This should be interesting.

Comment by Cornelius VanderVeen on May 16, 2018 at 11:18pm

Your "Large Minstrel Banjo" site will be an invaluable aid.  Thank you.

Comment by M'lou Brubaker on May 21, 2018 at 2:41pm

It might be a good idea to remove some excess material before drying. Choose a length, and rough out the shape a bit to facilitate the drying process? I roughed out my neck with a band saw and let it sit for a whole summer,though that was not my plan. Just happened that way. My wood was already kiln dried, though. Have fun!

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