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M'lou Brubaker
  • 69, Female
  • Goodland, MN
  • United States
  • Since 1962
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M'lou Brubaker left a comment for Karen Stinson
"Hi Karen, I see you live in Michigan. Are you going to Midwest Banjo Camp 2018 in June? M'lou Brubaker"
May 21
M'lou Brubaker commented on Cornelius VanderVeen's photo
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Walnut banjo neck in the rough. Drawknife from 1895.

"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…"
May 21
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Just finished it. My new banjo!

"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…"
Apr 3
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Just finished it. My new banjo!

"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…"
Apr 2
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Apr 1
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Just finished it. My new banjo!

"Thank you!  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…"
Apr 1
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end view of pot

"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…"
Apr 1
Chris Prieto commented on M'lou Brubaker's photo
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Just finished it. My new banjo!

"Nice banjo. Love all the details and oak leaves! I got a few builds with purple heart going too. Lovely to work with."
Apr 1
Strumelia commented on M'lou Brubaker's photo
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end view of pot

"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…"
Mar 31
Strumelia commented on M'lou Brubaker's photo
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Just finished it. My new banjo!

"Just beautiful! Hey... that looks a lot like my couch!...lol..."
Mar 31
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Metal parts

"Gorgeous!!"
Mar 31
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Mar 31
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"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…"
Mar 31

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Google
How long have you played banjo?
Since 1962
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Phippsburg open-back, fretless that I put together from parts, tenor that I rescued and fixed, and 2 banjo ukes

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At 3:48pm on February 16, 2018, Ken Perlman said…

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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