The Art of Gourd Banjo Making

$925.00

Learn to make, and take home your very own gourd or tack head banjo, or akonting.

Description

Date: May 13 – 18, 2024

9 am to until everyone is ready to call it a day

Skill Level:  Novice to Advanced; kids under 16 with permission

Class Registration Fee: By April 15, 2024:  $875

After April 15, 2024:  $925

* Please note – for this class only – there will be no refunds after April 15.  Thank you for your understanding!

Here’s a remarkable opportunity to work with a banjo building master, and come away with your own hand-made banjo.  Students will produce a functional piece of art, while learning  about the history of the banjo, and while gaining wood working skills.  No previous wood working experience is required.  Each student will make either a gourd banjo, an open tack-head banjo, or an akonting.  Through a watch and do approach, each student will be carefully guided through building their very own banjo.

You will come away from this class with your very own, custom-built (by you!) banjo, and the skills to make more.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  All materials included in course fee.

 

Jeff Menzies, of Menzies instruments will be supplying our banjo kits, and providing direction as we build together.  His instruments are in museums, and played by some of the best players in the music world, including Mike Seeger, Dom Flemons, and Adam Hurt.

* Please note – for this class only – there will be no refunds after April 15.  Thank you for your understanding!