Frets installed in Dan's, Andrew's and Tony's necks all ready for shaping. Also got the inlay cut, set in and engraved on Andrew's banjo, which turned out rather nice. And just spent the last few hours cutting the Mother of Pearl peghead inlay for my banjo, which is gonna be pretty awesome, if I do say so myself :)
Steve has just sent me another lovely old Dobson pot needing a new neck, I have no idea how he manages to find these beauties!
Been an absolute bitch of a week but at least Dale's banjo is pretty much complete, just need to finish the arm rest, let the skin stretch and settle some more and adjust the action slightly. Think I need to kick back with a few pints of Hobgoblin and play some tunes!
A week later than I'd hoped, Dale's Walnut banjo finally ready for oiling! Still need to stretch and stain a calf skin but hopefully I'll be able to start assembling by the end of next week.
The rim for Andrew's banjo is turned, drilled and awaiting a brass tonering and some final sanding. I'll be cutting out Mother of Pearl for the inlay designs on Andrew's banjo next week and also inlaying the stars and dots on Tony's 'Cello'.
Daniel's 'lefty' Walnut banjo is at a similar stage to Andrew's but no inlay for this one.
Gary's 'Mountain banjo' is still in the early stages, a squarish 'guitar' style peghead was requested, looks great with the 'bookmatched' Indian Rosewood overlay!
Here's how my new toy is progressing. I have my first gig in 5 years at the end of June so need to get cracking to have this finished by then!