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26 May 2014

Highwayman Banjo - Fret Holder

I've been busy with a little side-project today. I've combine 3 experiments into 1 to allow me to try out some stuff and hopefully learn something in the process. I've built a fret holder! More on this soon. First, let's talk about some of the things I wanted to explore...

I'm not sure who took this picture, but it looks like someone has attempted to make some fret-markers that look like the original Gibson Mastertone markers. The one in the middle looks flawed, but on the whole, I'm impressed! You will remember me talking about my "magic 21st" fret yesterday and my thoughts along the lines of doing something like this. Only, my marker is maple rather than mother of pearl. How and earth could I pull this off?

Perhaps I could etch the words, fill with paint and do it that way? Only one way to find out!

(Photo courtesy of  Banjo Brands

25 May 2014

Highwayman Banjo - Snakes Alive!

I've been having a bit of a break from by Banjo-building. My self-imposed hiatus came about when I decided to change how I'm doing the pot. More on this in another post. I'm waiting for a part to arrive from China and then I shall reveal all. You know me... I've been unable to sit on my hands for too long.

In today's post I'm going to talk about my work to fashion a fretboard...

Some crazy ideas just need a little bit of time to bed in. Other's, never seem to make it to the mainstream. Take these brilliant snake boots. What's not to like about these?

Why all this talk of snakes? Read on...

(photo courtesy of Geekologie

17 May 2014


I'm proud to be sharing with you the final chapter in my new comic. This is it my friends... the journey is over...

11 May 2014

Highwayman Banjo - More adventures in pot

I've been busy working on my Highwayman Banjo build. I've made so much sawdust, you wouldn't believe!

I'm living and learning with this build. Although I started off with the router, everything else I've done since has been by other means. For example, see here that I've trimmed the outside of the pot using my table saw. I LOVE my table saw! If you look closely, you'll see that I've set up an ingenious little guide above the blade that has allowed me to trim the outside by continuously turning the pot round and passing it by the blade. Amazing!

3 May 2014

Highwayman Banjo - Adventures in pot

You might have noticed already that I've decided on a name for my new banjo build. I'm going to call it the Highwayman for reasons that should need no explanation. I vowed to share with you all the build drama and so far I've been pretty quiet. All this changes... right now...

I threatened to have a go at making the pot for my banjo using a technique I'd seen on the internet whereby you glue layers of wood together in hexagon shapes. Here you can see me gluing layer 2 of 3. I'm making it look easy, but what a bloody nightmare! This hasn't been easy at all!