Ceramic Body Banjo

Project Details

I have never been good at growing things. Many people in my family and around me have the that skill, but I do not. I have wanted to make and play a gourd banjo ever since I have seen one. So I thought it would be interesting to make a gourd-style banjo without growing a gourd. I thought the same effect could be achieved with a ceramic bottom rather than a gourd. I love the way this one sounds and plays an hopefully I can make more in the future. The neck of this banjo is made from Kentucky osage orange with the pegs made of local cherry. Body: stoneware Peg head inlay: hard maple and stained bird's-eye maple Neck: osage orange Pegs: cherry Bridge and nut: bloodwood Head: goat skin