Raccoon Banjo

made in the Summer of 2013 at Sandhill Farm.

If it's ever late at night and you need to make your banjo quieter to avoid annoying the neighbors beyond their threshold, shove some socks or underwear in the back of your banjo.  Wedge the soft stuff between the bar (or whatever spans the hoop) and the head.

Osage and locust are common weed trees in North America. They are also incredibly rot resistant. As a result, they are often used as fenceposts. I read in foxfire that a black locust post will last fifty years. When that time's up, it can be inverted to last another 50. Osage orange also makes an excellent bow. It's gnarly and takes persuasion but is beautiful, very tough, and worth the struggle.