Please note: due to changes in regulations and constant design developments, we sometimes need to change details such as binding and inlay materials.
When something grabs my interest, it will get made no matter what else I am supposed to be doing.
Tristan Seume asked me if I would be willing to make him a banjo. A few things dropped into place in my mind very quickly, I almost started drooling at the chance to work with some good solid metal, and I said yes. Tris posted this on Faceache, and said it was going to be made by "Uncle Roger", which I thought would be a great name for a banjo, so I was going to inlay "Uncle Roger" in the fingerboard in silver wire, but I haven't had time, I tried writing it in gold ink, that didn't work either. I've carved out the end of the fingerboard to make a frailing scoop, that is where the inlay would have been if I had done it, use your imagination.
There is a lot of Claro Walnut in this newsletter, 50 sections of it in this banjo, the rim is capped with African Blackwood top and bottom. I had to work hard to source all the raw brass components, and I think they match the dark wood very nicely; I'm really pleased with.
It will be at Ullapool, heavily guarded. What about an Ullapool Banjo Festival? I'm going slightly pale with that thought.
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