A small community in Pittsylvania County at the crossroads of Straightstone, Mount Airy and Hurt, Virginia, named for the French philosopher and historian Joseph Ernest Renan. My family’s roots in Renan extend back more than 150 years.
What I offer:
One of a kind banjos. Each instrument is original and gets my full focus – case by case. I do not rush orders.
- Boutique Handcrafted Banjos made in Richmond, VA
- Quality craftsmanship and playability
- Lifetime Warranty on all wood parts
- Wood sourced locally and responsibly
- Value placed in reuse, recycled materials
- Hardware made in North America, Gotoh Tuners made in Japan
Where I’m going:
Dare to be bold. Play something different.
I demand strict design guidelines for each banjo. This instrument is not just a stick attached to a drum, it is story telling device. A time machine.
There are essential components that make up a banjo, how an artist chooses to compose those components is a mastery in art and engineering. Try comparing a Pagani Supercar to any mass-produced car. The underpinnings are the same, they are both cars, drive from point A to point B. The difference is Pagani Supercars are made by hand, they are completely bepoke, value is placed in the quality of the materials that make up each component. Pagani supercars are high art in motion.
A table linen lying flat has purpose. Fly it in the wind and suddenly it’s magical. It ebbs and flows like an endless river.
The 5-string banjo is completely unique. Its asymmetrical, its got a rich twisted history, it can be bright, brash and guttural all in one stroke. Put down the guitar and pick up a piece of American history. Tell a story.