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Progress report youtube vid

 when I took time off to learn flamenco , a couple of folks said to post something when I learned  something.  well here it is warts and all. a fun style guitar.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiBJ4TrrGAY


Im sorry I forgot how to embed a vid



Added by Steve Jeter on July 24, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

see you sooner or later

 To the few amigos here, I didn't die, or fall off the planet, my musical ADD just one day lately shifted to classical / flamenco guitar,  my brain does what it wants,,, just say so long fo a bit,,, but Im sure Ill be back,

take care



to those who don't care, sorry to waste your minute

Added by Steve Jeter on June 5, 2013 at 8:49am — 10 Comments

step by step for lurkers

 we know this community is small,,, but I wonder how many people never register ,,, but still use the site...

The reason Im wondering is ,, I thought of making a super easy note by note vid of a super easy tune like Calabash Dance,,  it can be as easy as 3 fingered notes and the open ones of course. 

but I don't know if it would be of any help,,, to me its easier than the first tune I learned juba.....  

per Tims post remembering..... I remember the wknd 2 yrs ago when I…


Added by Steve Jeter on April 17, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments

Got $ and lots of fun

 I asked about how to get tips,, well I got some , not a lot 38.00. but paid for gas.    I got to play a lot of tunes,, best part was playing with the kids. I had 3 sets of wooden spoons{homemade attached at end} and my homemade tambo... there were a lot of times I had them all in use. 4 kids playing along.  coal black rose was the easiest to play to .  Fun to see how some kids had natural timing, some didn't.  many pics taken and some kids came back to play more.  Git up in de morning was…


Added by Steve Jeter on April 8, 2013 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Period straw hat

 Ive had a Amish, it was a hot bugger, I know you can say , man up ,,, but I hate a hot head :)   what kind of straw would be period 1850 aboutish?   Van Goghs straw looks like it would work,, but he aint selling

 I actually want something I could wear for "costume" and just outdoors,,,, so I could get a natural worn in look

Added by Steve Jeter on June 5, 2012 at 2:33pm — 6 Comments

sharpening cabinet or card scraper

 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

Added by Steve Jeter on June 5, 2012 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

got a fever

 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

Union Jig

 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

Great bldg. long wknd

 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…


Added by Steve Jeter on March 26, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

Stitcher Neck Kit

 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

Oh Pray Goody

Added by Steve Jeter on March 9, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Injun Rubber Overcoat

 Pardon the klinkers

Added by Steve Jeter on March 9, 2012 at 10:29am — 2 Comments


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