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.
- 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:
What does the contemporary banjo look like?
Can you recognize a Renan Banjo from afar?
Every Renan Banjo begins with a sketch. I am inspired by the world around me and often pull ideas from architecture and visual art. I want each banjo I build to be an original, it is a reflection of my artistic soul. I put importance in the materials and how they are organized. I spend equal time building as I do with finishing and set-up. If distance adds beauty then I say ‘look at the details’. Renan Banjos are a careful mastery of art and engineering.
Dare to be bold and play something different.