The gourd banjo is a true combination of the workings of nature and man. Here
you'll find tips on how to construct your own gourd banjo, as well as learn
more about some of today's masters.
The folks below have mastered the art of transforming nature's materials into exquisite musical instruments. Read more about them, or see their impressive gallery of work.
|read about Pete | gallery
|Pete Ross is a very active
gourd banjo maker and banjo historian living
in Baltimore. Pete builds banjos as part of
a living research project - as he builds them
he gains a better understanding of 18th century
tools and techniques. In addition to an interview
conducted by David Hyatt, we have a nice article
from Baltimore Magazine
|read about Jeff | gallery
|Jeff is an up-and-coming
banjo maker from Canada.
Jeff is doing a lot to spread the word about
gourd banjos, mainly because he's making a
lot of them! And very nice work it is. We have
a short biography that we prepared and a number
|read about Clarke | gallery
|Clarke Buehling is a world-class banjoist and now inactive gourd banjo maker living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In addition to an interview conducted by David Hyatt, and some images of Clarke's professional grade banjos, we have featured a number of dipper gourd banjos.
|read about Scott | gallery
|Scott Didlake, who passed away in 1994, struggled to find a place in society and the marketplace for his vision of "banjos-as-art". His obsession with quality can be seen in the images presented, and the reader can see in Scott's own words his vision and motivation for "Kalenda Banza".
|read about David | gallery
|David Hyatt is a gourd banjo enthusiast living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and also studies banjo under Clarke Buehling. In addition to hosting this site, David builds a few gourd banjos in his spare time. Images of his banjos, as well as a short banjo-making bio, are featured here.
|read about Bob | gallery
|Bob Thornburg of Bishop, California, is the name most likely to come up in a gourd banjo discussion among musicians. Bob has produced a prodigious number of quality gourd banjos, several of which are featured here along with an interview by Pat Cloud.