Fantasy banjo

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 06-30-2012 10:14 PM 3634 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not posted recently due to a lot of travel and working on commissioned pieces. Seven other members of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners and myself designed and built this fantasy banjo as an entry in the American Association of Woodturners 2012 Woodturning Symposium Chapter Collaborative Challenge. The Fantasy Banjo entry took first place in the Fantasy category. There are 250 total hours of work on this project. Banjo features are as follows: Body was turned from cherry stave construction – a little more than 16” in diameter. Rear banjo panel was turned from cherry (1/16 inch thick) and features rose engine design work. Front sound board of banjo was turned from cherry (1/16 inch thick) and features custom piercing and pyrography design elements. The center piece of the sound board was turned from a piece of highly quilted maple. The walnut neck was steam bent to fit the sides of the banjo – total banjo height is 47”! The frets were turned from holly and ebony. The bridge is holly and ebony and sits on four pieces turned from a left over corian counter top. The banjo tailpiece is an old fork that was bent and attached to the banjo. The retaining rings for the top and bottom of the banjo were turned from poplar, ebonized and then rubbed with liming wax. The tuning knobs were turned from antler. A hand was carved and is a separate piece of the display. The wooden stand was turned from various pieces of wood. The very end of the neck was cut in the shape of the state of Tennessee and is carved. The ends of each piece of the stand were threaded and wooden nuts were turned and threaded to fit – the stand breaks down into 4 pieces. Banjo finish is high gloss wipe on poly – 20 coats! The banjo is not playable.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 10:19 PM

Crazy cool piece of art and craftsmanship. I like it!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 10:20 PM

Amazing piece of art…that is something you can really grin about.

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 11:28 PM

A fantastic piece. Congratulation on your win. And all of the teamwork.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 02:35 PM

Wonderful piece of art, and I am sure that somewhere in the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, there is a
world where something like this could be playable. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 08:08 PM

I really love the fantasy type stuff…it takes alot of imagination and inspires… us a break from seeing all of the typical projects. Great work!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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