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jerryeberg
06-06-2009, 10:39 PM
Hello,
I seem to remember once in my life coming across a website explaining how to make a Civil War appropriate banjo at home. Now that my dad is getting into making instruments, I want to show it to him, but I cannot find it. Does anyone know where I can find this article/website?
Thanks.

Silas
06-08-2009, 01:04 AM
I'm pretty sure it is a page hosted by Dan Houde which shows his successes and failures in creating his tackhead banjo. I did a look for it, but was unable to locate it. In lieu of it, here are a few suggestions :

http://www.ehow.com/how_4894322_tackhead-banjo.html
How to Make a Tackhead Banjo

http://www.angelfire.com/music2/construct/page1A.html
Web guide to constructing a basic 5-string Banjo

http://www.banjoseen.com/MakingTenorBanjo/TB.html
Making a Tenor Banjo From Scratch

http://www.dhyatt.com/craft_how_skinhead.html
How to Install a Skin Head

http://savethebanjos.com/Skin%20Head%20How-To.htm
How To Mount A Skin Head

http://www.banjoseen.com/Store/Index.html
Natural skin Unmounted banjo heads

You can purchase hoops from Cooperman Drums if you don't want to or unable to bend your own hoop. Mine is a Cooperman.

Tiger_rifles
06-13-2009, 02:15 PM
Mr. Berg,
This maybe too little too late, but I just came across my copy of the old book set "Foxfire" #3. In it they have over 80 pages explaining how to build your own Banjo or Dulcimer, they cover many differant styles showing many artists/makers, with lots of pictures and even drawings.

My favorate is Stanley Hicks showing you how to make his "Cake Box Banjo", basicly a banjo neck put on a cake tin! If I remember right, one of these CW forums was showing/talking about a CW picture showing 3 soldiers, one holding a cake/meat tin banjo. I can not remember what expert figured out what type of tin it was. Can anyone else help on this thread/information?
Good Luck, Paul.

trainwreck
06-14-2009, 04:19 PM
I may be a tad late. But their is a guy in my company who makes his own banjos. I dont know if ther 100% period correct but they look great. If you want I can E-mail him and ask him to send me instructions and ill post them here.

Stephen Carroll

Mike Gregory, Banjo Maker
06-19-2009, 04:34 PM
I've made them out of cookie-tins, wooden salad bowls, and one SPECIFICALLY designed to look period authentic, using a REMO hand drum, cosmetically enhanced to look like a grain measure or cheese-box banjo.
It's for sale in the Sutler's section, and/or you can see it on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkt2cAJSigI

Rob Weaver
06-23-2009, 06:46 AM
Ive always wanted to make a mbanza out of a gourd, and tune it like a 3-string dulcimer. Does anyone have experience with gourd instruments? How hard is it to get the neck to stay on the body?

jerryeberg
06-26-2009, 10:46 AM
Okay everyone, I found it. Sucker was tucked away in my Internet Explorer favorites, and since Firefox blows IE out of the water, it'd been a while since I looked back there. Anyway, here's the original site I was looking for...

http://rutlandhs.k12.vt.us/jpeterso/banjo/make1.html

captdougofky
06-29-2009, 06:51 AM
They had a show on KET-educational TV in Kentucky, a guy made one out of a cord. I don't know if it would be considered a Civil War model but it was better to watch than most of whats on TV these days.

Always
Doug Thomas
Lyons-Kentucky CS

Green Mountain Boy
07-03-2009, 04:16 PM
Okay everyone, I found it. Sucker was tucked away in my Internet Explorer favorites, and since Firefox blows IE out of the water, it'd been a while since I looked back there. Anyway, here's the original site I was looking for...

http://rutlandhs.k12.vt.us/jpeterso/banjo/make1.html

Jerry,

I have updated my banjo making pages starting at:

http://www.ottertin.com/banjo/make1.html

This is also a VERY worthwhile site to visit:
http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/

For some banjo-building inspiration go to the video of George Wunderlich being interviewed:
http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/video/george-wunderlich

Best regards,

John Peterson

allanb4570
08-10-2009, 08:32 AM
hey John, glad to see you've put in your web site. I was going to find your home page and put it up! I still have my parts and am still hoping to put my banjo together. I have a dulcimer that I have had for over 20 years now and have started taking lessons for it. Not as glamorous as the banjo or fiddle, but it is period correct and even a little before the 19th century! :D
If everyone who is interested in making and learning the banjo actually made and played them, we would have some super jam sessions at reenactments, or living history events!