I’d like to learn to make banjo’s and was wondering if you know of someone that offered workshops to learn the craft?
What a great question! I don’t want to divulge too much right now, but I’m working on a pretty cool project involving banjo building. I bet there are workshops out there but I don’t know any off the top of my head.
Hi @jbrown Jay have you tried searching Google ?
I’d start at your local library to see if they have the Siminoff book. Some libraries provide electronic copies of the book that you can check out over the Internet! To access the online library, check out the Hoopla app. Otherwise you can buy the book either new or used from Internet retailers. It is pretty cheap. I’d also go to the Stew Mac web page. They sell everything you’ll need to start your banjo building business. Don’t forget - Gold Pick Members get 15 percent off the retail price! (I just made that up, but it should be a thing.)
I’d suggest starting with a kit. I’ve built a banjo from a kit, and rebuilt several banjos in need of repair. I even converted an old tenor banjo to a five string…
I built a banjo from the Saga Archtop Banjo kit a few years ago, and I still have it and play it some. The kit actually makes a really nice instrument, and it’s nice to really get into assembly and setup before trying to build one from scratch. (Which I’d like to do soon too.)
Great to see you post on the forum and interesting question - for sure!
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