any yall use a scraper? and if you do, how do you sharpen it?
I got a set from woodcraft,, and when new it was great, I took a LOT of sanding out , I cant handle much sanding , it hurts my lungs ,, even with a mask,,, i abused them as a younger man
Does anyone know the origin of this song. I really like it and upon playing it for some friends that used to live in the Sonoma Valley, said of the town there named Sebastopol. Some rumers that it got it's name sake from;
" The town was originally called Pinegrove, and how the name change occurred is rumored to have something to do with a bar fight in the late 1850s which was likened to the long British siege of the then-Russian seaport of …Continue
I did and / do not mean to belittle musicians.
I enjoy learning a musical style on appropriate instruments !
But I realized long ago that I have a lot of fun trying inappropriate things too!
I have instruments that I have built that have no name or appripriate musical family
or music just for that instrument. I enjoy learning and doodling around musically.
One of my outlandish approaches is to play old time music on a Tenor Recorder.
The old line about baseball players adapted to me !!
Don't know how much skill i'll end up with but I'm havin a great time
1. Don't take it so seriously
2. If I'm not having fun don't do it
3. It was in tune when I bought it !!
Needed a coffin Case for my new sweet Banjo from Jay Moschella. it sounds sooo sweet. I have a reenactment event this weekend at Ft Tejon, Lebec CA.
Figured I could make my own. Took me 4 days, made a couple measurement errors...nothing that the belt Sander could not fix. This was…Continue
Putting a call out to anyone out here in Southern California that is particularly into this style of Banjo Playing.
I live in Santa Barbara, and have not seen anyone so far on the website that is out here. I read on with envy at all of you that get to get to get together. A lot of cool stuff going on out there.
I have returned to This site , I'm glad to be here. Now
that personal Issues are resolved and I have Time to
learn and enjoy this instrument. I would like to explain
my banjo , It was built with the"use what ya got" approach.
I didn't have much money or special shop at my disposal
so I just kinda went for it. The Pot is made from a piece
of that aqua bluesewer pipe that ya often see at
construction sites. The neck and dowel are from…Continue
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Okay, I am going to begin on the Phil Rice Method of 1858. Actually, I am going to start at the back and work the other way. No special reason.
I am using a new instrument for this book, that being a brand new Bell Boucher. You all know the excitement of having a new instrument in your hands. That is what I am feeling now. This instrument, all 27 inches of it's resonating beauty, is perfect to capture the dynamic range of…Continue
Just ordered a peg shaper, enough pegs for 5 banjos, almost have my 2nd finished, a cold got me down some. A gourd is up next. I am lovin it.
Added by Steve Jeter on April 17, 2012 at 12:27pm — No Comments
Hope everybody has a great wknd. and some fun with your banjo
Added by Steve Jeter on April 13, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments
4/2/12 Started the Briggs tonight. Thought a lot about Jim Crow Polka and after watching some dance videos, decided to slow it down. Felt and sounded better. Also did Dan Tucker, Dandy Jim, and Boatman's Dance. Recored on Hartel Boucher.
Hey Al Smitley....you going up to the Cromaine this weekend?
I thought I'd share the results of my experiments with bridges of different heights, thicknesses and woods on my tack head minstrel. I made two from aspen and two from cedar. All are horizontal grain.
The original is pine. 2 7/8 L x 9/16 H x 1/4 W x 1/16 - right in picture
The aspen bridges are:
(1) 2 7/8 L x 5/8 H x 1/8 W x 1/16 - left in picture
(2) 2 15/16 L x 9/16 H x 3/16 W x 1/16
cedar: (1) 2 7/8 L x 9/16 H x 5/32 W x…Continue
Does anyone have Union Jig in tab preferably,, or dots?? that they could share ?
Added by Steve Jeter on March 26, 2012 at 1:12pm — No Comments
I took fri off, intending to put the Bell kit together. but decided to work on my banjo Im building already from scratch.. My pot is basically done. Made a 12" to get some tum tum hopefully. I got the neck down to size using hand tools, I like them and truthfully I dont have any "big " power tools. I am using ,my elec drill, and cut some w/ my bandsaw. But realized you can move a good bit of wood w/ a rasp,,, once i got the hang of it. Did some reading up and found you are…Continue
Added by Steve Jeter on March 26, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments
Just got my wonderful Tery Bell neck kit, cant wait to work on it, I think Ill take tomorrow off.
I then realized the neck blank I have been making was overkill, I have 2 1x4 X26 poplar boards glued together,,, I thought you needed a lot of peghead angle, evidently not. Glad I have a band saw.
Thanks Terry , it looks perfect
Added by Steve Jeter on March 22, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments
Hey Al...(and anybody nearby in lower Michigan)...I'm playing at the Celtic Kettle tonight in Hartland, with my friend Marianne Murphy. Sneaking in a few banjo tunes along with lots of guitar, a little bones, and my Spike Jones Jaw Bone solo.
Come on out if you are able. Showtime is 7:30
Added by Tim Twiss on March 17, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments