Banjo Number One. Another view of my first banjo in process. Note the sections and joints making up the ring. Based on notes and drawings from Fox Fire Books . Foxfire continues to be a fresh, exciting experience for all of us because of the basic generosity and good will that run strong and deep within most people. This project was to build my own 5 string banjo on as low a budget as of the Fox Fire books and they have a wonderful section on making your own banjo.

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If I release the tension, it goes back to straight in a couple days, but then bends again the next time I tighten up the strings. Beginning Bluegrass Banjo by Ned Luberecki’ 1 hr.

For Sale: Foxfire 3 Hicks, Proffitt, style **Update** (expired)

I’ve learned a ton of tricks from him. Along with the Whole Earth Catalog, wholeearth. He and very few others are my banjo audience. If any of you guys ever build one to sell, I might be interestedif I can afford it.

Mutha Postscript I am heating with wood, and raising my own vegetables. Their not a “gimmick” book for sales and have nothing to do with the “hippie” movement.


Luthier Search Hangout Merchandise. The next one will be better, but if you dont build the first one you cant build a second one. This was the hardest fodfire because oak is tough! The second was in My headstock is lopsided.

But this would go great with my re-enacting Steve.

For Sale: Mountain Banjo Pot Assembly – Foxfire Type (sold)

Peg Head – Stanley Hicks. You give me the urge to build Jim D, I just had to go find my Foxfire 3 and look it up. I foxfige the youtube where Charles Kuralt and then someone after him interviewed Violet Hensley, of someplace in the Ozarks Drilled holes for pegs and a neck was born.

Stanley used groundhog skins. Hanjo middle piece is round and I mad emine by laminating two thinner pieces together. I tried something a little different with the soundhole on the back MB, pretty much all the ones I have seen and consequently, the ones I make are right about 2 inches thick overall.

I also entertained the idea of doing it completely out of poplar from Home Depot.

A home-made banjo of my own

The first one might not turn out “perfect” but the second and third ones will be closer! We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

They’re still one of the best music stores I know of. I’ll figure out if I’m going to glue up the neck or find a nice perfectly flat 3″ x 3″ x 3′ piece of walnut. Most of these type of banjos do not incorporate that feature. For either a new or used copy try bookfinder. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: It rings really nice. It has a teeny bit more treble sound. And I’ve played another Hicks made of cherry. Originally posted by Pluckin Mutha quote: Has anyone angled the neck at 2 or 3 degrees where it meets the pot assembly?


Here is a kit that says it can be converted from fretted to fretless and then back. We’re not talking fancy stuff here Really love the fifth one up there, too. This time I did a sort of flower pattern for the sound holes: I know, save up and buy a used one. As to the banjo heads I’ve taken to just tacking the head to the inside of the “hoop”, like an inverse tackhead banjo.

Of course, some of the folks here learned stuff like that directly from their parents or grandparents, but for many of us, Foxfire was a revelation.

I had never built an instrument before, and this one is playable! That is the fingerboard. He was in his 70s then. Forum Classifieds Foxfige All other pages.

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