So what do building banjos and training doctors for Iraq and Afghanistan have in common? George Wunderlich, of course! But you gotta watch the show to figure that one out.

Typical of so many banjo builders, George is freakin' brilliant. And everything he does is top notch. In working with ethnomusicologist Greg Adams, he's assembling an incredible, techical database on historical banjos. That's why so much of his reproduction work in building Bouchers, Converse and Sweeneys (and more) is seen as "as close as it gets to the real item."

George is also a hoot. :)


Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, George Wunderlich 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:

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