Mac is a cabinet maker by trade. You might think he's just a quiet fellow, likes to go about his day in a private manner... then you notice the twinkle in his eye. That eye appreciates everything that's goin' on as well as every detail he chooses to address.
Mac sees his work in a very practical sense. With his background in wood working, he knows the ingredients to a successful instrument. What's remarkable is how his beautiful, simple designs can be so powerful! Being a ribbon-winning, natural musician also plays into the mix.
And then there's that lifestyle thing. Ask protege Greg Galbreath about it. Having learned banjo building skills from Mac, it's no surprise Greg's banjos are as great as they are, too.
Plus, who else can build most of the buildings on their respective farms. :)
Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Mac Traynham 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