#286- Walnut and Pistachio Five String Banjo

I have really enjoyed exploring these full size five string banjos this spring, its been very rewarding to design from the ground up.  Even though my design is not revolutionary, I am pleased with the simple design and beautiful sound.  The key is the all wood block rim with no metal tone ring.  It is quite a bit louder than I expected but keeps a woody depth.  This customer, Jeremy, helped me with some computer design work for machining the rim to match the existing hardware and I am thankful for his help.  This walnut came from a retired furniture maker in The Dalles, OR and the pistachio is from California Orchards.  The hardware and goat skin head is from Brooks Masten from Portland, OR.