Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Taking an old favorite tune out for a spin on my new banjo (Made from a Kit by Terry Bell). This banjo is lots of fun for aggressive playing.

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Comment by Bell Banjos on July 29, 2012 at 6:48pm

Sounding great, Ian. You did a nice job on that banjo. Nice color!

Comment by Strumelia on July 29, 2012 at 9:20pm

Nice crisp sounding banjo....congratulations on building it yourself!

For anyone who doesn't know what a 'bee gum' is-

It's a cut section of a natural hollow tree or log that a beekeeper keeps bees in.  It usually stands vertically and  has a removable 'roof' cover, or a side that can be opened to remove comb and honey.

Beekeepers long ago variously used straw skeps, clay pots, bee gums and other structures to keep honeybees in.  By the late 1800's square upright box type modern hives with removable frames came into favor, mostly replacing the older methods.

Bee gums:

http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/workshops/geography/4546237A.bees.1900...

http://www.thegreatsmokymountains.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/beehi...

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