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Hellfire! or How Not To Build A Banjo

Hellfire! or How Not To Build A Banjo

by Harold Turner

Originally published in American Lutherie #32, 1992 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three, 2004

My grandfather came down from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the year of 1907. He was a jack-of-all-trades like most of the original settlers in the area, but living was hard so he pursued a career in a textile plant south of the border in South Carolina, where he became locally famous for building fine furniture and musical instruments, especially violins. He died in 1927 from influenza.

My father was only one year old when his father passed away, and this specter of a wonderful man always hung over him. Dad was a great carpenter and cabinet maker, and became a well-known woodcarver, but those musical instruments just wouldn’t go together right for him.

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