"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…"
"That color is beautiful on the fingerboard!
I would not recommend it as a carving wood. Every time I ran into it in the lamination stripe on the back of the neck it gave me trouble. And the end broke off my purpleheart tailpiece, so I think I will…"
"Yeah I believe purple was the pantone color of 2018. It is a lovely banjo and all the details really do bring it together well.
I've only used it as overlay for peghead and the fingerboard. I didn't do anything as intricate as your carving…"
I am glad to hear that someone else is using purpleheart in banjos. I began to doubt my choice when it chipped and splintered out on the rim of end of the fingerboard, and even more when I encountered it among the maple of my…"
"Yes, I made the bridge. Thanks!
I have used this particular cord a lot for other purposes, and found it incredibly strong. I would not trust a melted knot of it, however, and so I have a simple overhand knot on the peg, unsealed. I did fuse…"
"You will want to keep a close eye on that nylon tailpiece rope, where it passes over the sharp rim. Also a whole lot of pull on that little melted nylon knot under the tailpin. It's a lot of pressure from the strings, and one day it might…"
"I used Tru-Oil, which is a gun stock finish available at my local Walmart. It worked out very well. I applied quite a few coats. I guess it gets more polished as you continually touch the wood with your hands. I am
leaving it alone, not…"
Marylou. There are lots of folks coming to MBC with your background, including both of us directors. . . There might also be opportunities to ride share with other people coming from your region. Let me know if you have any particular questions or concerns. Ken Perlman (Director)
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