So here are the young guys responsible for me coming back to film Banjo Builder Volume 4. The energy level in their shop is electric, not to mention the solar powered machinery. They've established Pisgah Banjos - a company based on quality, affordable instruments made of sustainable woods (and more).

It's a compelling story, hopefully one that will be around for a long, long time. Based on their ages (all pretty much 20-somethings), that could happen!


Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Patrick Heavner (Pisgah Banjo Company) is one of 38 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. Filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans, there are four volumes in the DVD Series: Banjo Builders East of the Mississippi (Volume 1), Banjo Builders West of the Mississippi (Volume 2), Conversations with Banjo Historians (Volume 3) and More Conversations with North American Banjo Builders (Volume 4). Smithsonian Folkways has created the "Instrument Builder Collection" to permanently house the Series for posterity.

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