1. 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!

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    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.

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

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  2. Jeff Delfield is a typical banjo builder... which means he's anything but a typical human being. Nothing like finding an English major librarian in the fold to redefine your boundaries for just who makes these incredible instruments. And like ever other builder in this series, Jeff's instruments are incredible.

    Jeff is big into big design. Local banjo player and friend Frank Lee has played into what Jeff feels is best in a banjo, but that's only a part of his story.

    This is good stuff. I hope Jeff keeps using his creative energies for a long, long time.

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Jeff Delfield 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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  3. Jeff Kramer is deliberate and intense. His banjos are as powerful as his approach to life. And his soulful collaboration with Dwight Diller has resulted in the Cloverlick Banjo Company.

    At first blush, one quickly recognizes Jeff is not satisfied with the "status quo" of banjo-making. So there are at least a dozen things he makes from scratch because he couldn't find anything to his liking. Jeff is practical and clever in his innovations... and his banjo's reflect his deep reverence for the instrument.

    One more thing... Cloverlick banjos come with history and tradition built-in (you'll see).
    Cloverlicks rock. :)

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Jeff Kramer 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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  4. For years, "Rudy" as he's known on Banjo Hangout (BHO), has been supplying banjo builders of all ages and abilities with sage advice and documentation on just how to go about building a proper 'jo. It was great to finally meet the man behind the mystique.

    Randy Cordle is quiet, unassuming and quick with a smile. He's also an innovative engineer at heart. You can see his "problem solving" approach in just about everything he does. And this interview is a perfect example.

    Thanks to BHO (and the WWW), Randy has probably positively affected more banjo building than any one else this century. Thanks Randy!

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Randy Cordle 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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  5. David Ball was on my radar as an incredible banjo performer years before it occurred to me that he actually made the amazing banjos he played. What a sound! I've now been to the mountain top and have seen how the "internal resonators" are made... and there are some surprises!

    But the biggest surprise was David Ball the human being. HE is amazing.

    David's Tennessee and old-time roots run very deep. He knows the instrument, its makers and innovators and the music genre as well as any one person I've ever known. Sure wish he lived closer. And his astonishing intellect and recall have amassed quite a reservoir of banjo-related knowledge (aka: trivia). I saved a bit of that as a surprise at the end of his Show.

    Enjoy!

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, David Ball 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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