|My polished rim with polished brackets (Courtesy of Monty)|
Last week there was no report on Banjo Boy activities. The Meads made their annual pilgrimage to Merlefest. This has been a part of Mead family music life for 24 years! Coincidentally, it was Monty Love who first told me about this music festival celebrating the life of the late Eddie Merle Watson, son of the now-deceased Arthel "Doc" Watson. Doc died last year at 89, the result of a fall at his home. He was praised and remembered by all at this year's festival. We can only hope that one day the three banjos that result from our Banjo Boy effort somehow make it to Merlefest.
Yesterday, Monty came up. Clint, being the loyal son that he is, went to Cleveland, Tennessee, to visit his parents. Our goals were simple: 1) Complete the installation of Monty's fifth string tuning peg, 2) Get his nut rough shaped and fitted, 3) Start the process of polishing Monty's rim, and 4) Get my brass brackets completed for the outside of the rim.
|Monty's fifth string peg and hole for nut|
|Polishing a bracket|
We broke for lunch at Honey's Restaurant, "Home of the Slawburger," after which it was back to the shop. Monty worked upstairs, sanding his rim with ever-finer grades of sandpaper, while I polished brass brackets downstairs, making a real mess of lint and polishing compound on my drill press and workbench.
|Monty's nut and beautiful Peg Head|
More to follow.
|Monty's rim, ready for final polishing|