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As well as playing banjos, I make and repair them. I have a dedicated website for this work here: Jacken Elswyth Banjos


My focus is on old-time and folk banjo styles, especially mountain banjos, gourd banjos, and simpler open-back banjos. I don't aim at historical reconstruction, but at producing instruments that sit within a clear lineage of folk craft. While I hope to make beautiful instruments, I find a lot of their beauty lies in the simplicity of the techniques and materials involved in their construction. 

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