1. Bill came about his love of banjo music early on. It's a passion that followed him through his busy business life. But a change in that life changed his perspectives... drastically. It was the banjo and music that redirected (he says "saved") his life. Bill is now a full-time banjo builder. Lucky us!

    Bill's computer-sophisticated shop is set up with amazing adaptive equipment that allows him to build a complete banjo despite his physical restrictions.

    Bill is not only an incredible builder, he's a testament to the indomitable human spirit. And he makes an incredible banjo.

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Bill Rickard 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. Coming from a family of musicians, and being gifted with his hands, Jason naturally comes to banjo building. But his passion for the instrument makes it easy to identify him as one of the most dedicated builders today. He'd build banjos even if he couldn't make a living from them.

    With that as a basis for starting his banjo business, he will undoubtably succeed. If you ask his loyal customers, Jason is building the finest banjos out there today. And by including his wife and kids in the business, his legacy should be around a long, long time.

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Jason Burns 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 is a sculptor and an artist. He sees banjos as a contemporary medium. He also is fascinated by the fact that this piece of art creates music!

    We had a nice conversation about his journey as a banjo builder around a campfire at 7A one Sunday morning. His rooster (also named Jeff) got us all up early that day. Good thing. We had lots to talk about!

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Jeff Menzies 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. Here's a guy that really lives the ideal "banjo builder lifestyle." But note... he built it himself. :)

    Greg is a scientist that reflected on his life as young man and - like the rest of the independent-minded banjo builders - set off in a direction unique to him. Along the way, he's discovered his amazing talents and abilities as an artist and a craftsman. And his work is astonishing.

    Check out Greg and see if you qualify for a life dreams are made of.

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Greg Galbreath 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. Here is a rare human being. Yes, he's an artist and a craftsman. But he's also an anthropologist and a paleontologist. And he's obsessed with banjos. He even admits it on camera! :)

    One more thing... Pete is building banjos "to correct a social injustice." Some day this guy will be teaching these philosophies (and people will pay to hear them).

    Once you meet Pete and play his work, you realize, he and his banjos are the real deal.

    Don't miss this show. Pete Ross is adding to our history and understanding of banjos as only he - with his incredible gifts and talent - can.

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    Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Pete Ross 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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