I am the joyful owner of a new banjo – handmade by a banjo builder located in Minnesota and designed for the clawhammer way of mind. The banjo's name is the dogwood and she plays as beautiful as the flowering tree looks in the spring. I found her online and from there, without even having to introduce myself, I knew it was the banjo of my dreams.
It is always a bit nerve racking to purchase delicate goods on the internet, especially musical instruments, they are such a personal investment and what plays beautifully for one may not play beautifully for another. Many visits to the guitar store have proven this to be true, somebody picks up a guitar and it sounds so sweet, then I pick up the same guitar and it feels like I am grating cheese. When you find the right instrument for you, it's kind of like falling in love, you can't quite explain why you love it so, you just know it and the feeling is wonderful.
I love my dogwood banjo. I love the fretboard. I love the 12 inch pot. It is like having feathers for flight – I feel like I can sing and play my way through anything in this world. If you'd like to see more banjos and support somebody who labours and loves to build musical instruments by hand, visit Dogwood banjos or like the Dogwood banjo Facebook page.
Banjo Specs for your wonder and amusement:
Bubinga finger board, head stock overlay, maple/mahogany neck, maple shell, five Star Planetary tuners, 12 inch pot, renaissance head.