#344- Walnut and Pistachio Mini Five String Banjo

This banjo is a great example of our little global business and musical culture. To begin with, it is for a customer who lives a few hours away from us but we met in Alabama at a music camp. She used to live in Hawaii and we considered grabbing some Koa from her property for the instrument before choosing Oregon walnut and California pistachio instead. The banjo is an American instrument with clear origins in West Africa. This mini version is scaled down to ukulele size, an instrument that started in Portugal and flourished in Hawaii. It was made by a guy from Wisconsin who lives in Oregon and plays Appalachian music on Hawaiian and African instruments. That is one good thing about music and musicians, we like jumping over walls better than building them.