Minstrel Banjo

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Here I am at a "reenactment" at Eckley Miners' Village, PA. I typically pack light, this time was no exception. While I didn't march in, I made it easy to carry in then take down and leave when the time came. Lots of fun! It got humid over night so standing a few steps from the fire took care of the head in no time.

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Comment by Strumelia on August 20, 2012 at 11:19am

That's wonderful!  Great photo, and good to know that the head was easily remedied near the campfire.

Comment by Bell Banjos on August 20, 2012 at 12:22pm

Wonderful photo. Dang nice banjer, too!

Comment by Silas Tackitt on August 20, 2012 at 12:53pm

The heat tightens the drum removes moisture from the calf skin.  I've often said that banjos are like vampires.  You don't see them in the daytime very often.  They come out at night and raise a ruckus. 

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on August 20, 2012 at 1:04pm

Great picture Silas, when was that taken?

Comment by Silas Tackitt on August 20, 2012 at 6:52pm

That's not me.  I've got a few more years on me than Matthew has.  I like the setup.  Not much there.  And there's a banjo.  The photo earns a Silas campaigner seal of approval. 

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on August 21, 2012 at 6:28am

Thanks for the kind words everyone!  Nicholas, it was taken just this past weekend :)  I was in the civilian area of the event helping with fire wood and other odd jobs, including playing the banjo. 

Terry - everyone loved the look of the banjo!  I described the finishing process a few times over the weekend.

Comment by Bell Banjos on August 21, 2012 at 9:07am

Hey Matt   Playing the banjo is the best odd job!!! Fun, huh? People are just enthralled with banjos, the older the better. Every household should have one!

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on August 21, 2012 at 9:31am

I think my household needs at least two, eventually :D

Comment by Strumelia on August 21, 2012 at 9:36am

Every baby should have a little banjo placed in its hand instead of a rattle.   :)

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on August 21, 2012 at 11:26am

Lots of Laughs...I was gonna say that seems like a younger picture of Silas...read the fine print right. Hey Matt that really looks good. And yes every house needs a banjo, and yep the older the better. I swear there like rabbits I already have 6, Just finished cleaning and setting up my Lyon and Healy. I wonder why it took me this long to get into it. good stuff.

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