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Meet the Maker: Chuck Lee

Meet the Maker: Chuck Lee

by Steve Kinnaird

Originally published in American Lutherie #95, 2008

Chuck Lee, versatile fellow that he is, has worn a number of hats over the years. For more than three decades he has been in the plumbing trade, and for the last fifteen has held a Texas Master Plumber’s license. (And he has the dust collection system in his shop to prove his prowess with the pipes.) For seven years he worked with Wycliffe International, an organization engaged in translating the Bible into tribal languages. Currently he’s at the helm of Chuck Lee Banjo Company. Located just south of Dallas, this small firm turns out over eighty open-back banjos a year.

Recently, Chuck took an afternoon off from his busy schedule to talk about his work. It was a pleasure to visit with my friend, and learn more of his story. Plus, his tidy shop and efficient use of space are always an inspiration. About halfway through we were joined by his wife Tammy, and the conversation really got interesting.

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