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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!

David Einhorn
02-06-2016, 11:25 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

I thought this might help people looking for banjo building information. Even though the original website seems to have disappeared, I was able to find a copy of the website and the information on building banjos on the Internet Archival website:

https://web.archive.org/web/20100325201312/http://rutlandhs.k12.vt.us/jpeterso/banjo/make1.html