Been pretty busy lately, working on commissions and trying to get ahead a little. This week has been particularly difficult with the killer heatwave, time for a few, well earned pints of Hobgoblin!
Here's a little update of what I have on the bench at the moment:
This is the spare banjo which will be for sale soon (probably September) due to a customer having to cancel. It won't have the calf skin head in the photo, this is one I'm stretching for another customer. Specs will be: Black Walnut 1-piece neck with 26 3/16" scale Rosewood fingerboard. Planetary tuners, Nickel plated hardware. Black Walnut 11" rim with rolled brass tone ring and Renissance head. Fully fretted (no scoop). Let me know if you are interested!
The Cherry rings I mentioned above, along with my secret (or not so secret anymore) weapon for cutting perfect joints. I'll plane and sand these flat next week ready for gluing together.
The next batch of necks in various stages, including a nice little 20" scale and a soon to be slotted peghead.
Olly's banjo, next in the finish line. 11" Cherry rim with Maple neck and Rosewood 24 3/4" fingerboard. The Cherry blocks in the corner can be seen glued up in the photo below.
Graeme's Cherry 11" rim with Ebony tone ring and also some 12" Cherry rims ready to work on in a few months for Sean and Tom's banjos.
Some dowel sticks ready for shaping and a Walnut neck blank to be glued.