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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This gets foxvire strings down to a playable level. If you continue, we will assume that you agree to our privacy policy which includes details of cookie usage. I dont think I understand banjo enough to try a build.

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Send me a picture of you new build my friend. I am inspired anew.

I near wore out that Foxfire book, and the ones with flintlock rifles and dulcimers, too. Stanley’s plans are those printed in Foxfire 3. To my eye, a three degree angle would look out of place, but having some angle does help playabiity, so I build mine with foxcire one degree neck angle. Luthier Search Hangout Merchandise.


Before buying I made sure they were perfectly flat and flush on the short sides when pressed together. This allows for proper action and a higher bridge, thus improving the tone.

Will keep looking, I can get ash, maple and birch for next to nothing. Well done plan, Rudy. Glued and clamped them together face to face. I cut mine with a jigsaw. I have the Foxfire 3 book set also and really enjoy it reading them and rereading them. Thats interesting how the rear plate has foxfite smaller opening than the head Hicks does a fine job, the one in plate 78 was banho work of M.

More recently, I sold one to Grich.

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It was a good thing to do. I’ll try babjo post pictures sometime but it will be later. I just noticed something. The plans above may be better to work from,but this is the article that started so many people thinking of building their own.

Banjl build it myself, but I have a Stanley Hicks mountain banjo. Here is an illustration from Firefox that shows how simple these are. Stanley used groundhog skins.


Don, I have the “Whole Earth Catalogue” too.

They still work pretty well, but I got a reamer and a peg tapering tool from Stew-Mac, and they make the job much easier. Even here on the BHO, almost every day there is a foxfure about some sort of “back to the earth” type of activity that we first read about in Foxfire, or a similar publication decades ago.

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Mine doesn’t look as good as some but I’ll bet it sounds nearly as good. I was wondering about slimming down the neck, but will probably honor the proffitt design tradition and insure that I don’t wind up with a belly in the neck in years to come. I crafted this banjo out of locally cut Ozark walnut and cherry woods. I have them all,of course.

I made a bunch banoj holes.

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