Banjo #001 “Chester” – Wormy Chestnut / Black Locust

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“Banjo #001 “Chester” – Wormy Chestnut / Black Locust”

This banjo was my first banjo project.  It is made from a single plank of wormy chestnut salvaged from a renovation project of my old farm house 25 years ago, and the fingerboard and laminates are black locust from the trimmings pile at a black locust sawmill just up the road.  It was a lesson for me in many ways; planning,  patience, and precision.  When it came to carving the neck and finishing the headstock, I discovered that the worm boring damage was much more severe at that end of the plank, leaving only enough wood for an exceptionally slender headstock.  I could have worked around the blackened nail holes in the pot that used to be the homes for hand forged square nails.  But I like the visual reminder of history, life, and afterlife of this Chestnut tree.

I still enjoy playing this sweet little banjo, and it is a comforting reminder to me of how far my banjos have come.

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