Another artist, sculptor, teacher (and carpenter) that's been drawn to the magic of the banjo, Jim Hartel is building some of the finest reproductions of minstrel banjos today.

As fellow builder George Wunderlich states, "no one makes an Ashborn better than Jim does... except Ashborn."

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Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Jim Hartel 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.

For more information or to order the Banjo Builder Series, go to: northamericanbanjobuilders.com

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