This is a gallery of custom inlay work out of the shop. Made from Mother of Pearl, Abalone, Stone, Wood, Gold, and many other precious materials, all inlays are hand cut here in the shop. Some are my own choices but most are specific client requests.
WOODS AND PEGHEAD DESIGNS
This gallery shows details of the uses of other interesting and beautiful wood possibilities used in the peg head veneer, which almost always matches the heel cap and pot caps. The look of a dramatic piece of trim wood on the peghead is ever as pretty as an inlaid one. This gallery also showcases the wide and subtle variety of peghead profile shapes.
This gallery is dedicated to a visual history of my shop spaces, mentors and anything pertaining to how Vance Banjos came to be.
Conversations with North American Banjo Builders interview
Vance Banjos is in the Smithsonian Folkways! This wonderful collection of interviews by Craig Evans is full to the brim with interesting banjo builder's perspectives and workspaces, as well as banjo historians and even more.
Have a look. It's worth the perusal and I am honored to be included in the first iteration of this project.
Old picture from around 2004 of the crew at Wildwood. Ian Davidson, Jason Romero and myself, have gone on to running our own instrument building businesses with success. Cutting my teeth in this woodshop for almost 7 years taught me more than I could ever explain about instrument manufacturing and woodwork. I Love this picture.
Local write up
Bob Doran, of the North Coast Journal put together a great snapshot of six musical instrument manufacturers here in Humboldt county. Nice spread he did and always grateful for the support. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/making-wood-sing-images/Slideshow?oid=2189214&slideshowType=Overlay
Many hours spent
Spent many an hour with the dough roller in the years working for Wildwood mfg.