ABOUT RENAN BANJOS
RENAN BANJOS (Pronounced REE-nan) are hand crafted in Richmond, Virginia, by Tyler Burke. Named after Renan, Virginia - a small community at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains where Tyler's family has roots.
What Renan Banjos offers:
Quality craftsmanship and playability
Lifetime Warranty on all wood parts
Wood sourced locally and responsibly
Value placed in reuse and recycled materials
Hardware made in North America, Gotoh Tuners made in Japan
Where Renan Banjos is going:
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Every Renan Banjo begins with a sketch. I am inspired by the world around me and often pull ideas from architecture and visual art. Each banjo should be an original and a reflection of my artistic spirit. I place importance in the materials and how they are organized. I like to spend equal time building as I do with finishing and set-up.
Renan Banjos is a careful mastery or art and engineering.
ABOUT THE BUILDER
Tyler's background is rooted in the visual arts and woodworking. Raised in Virginia and educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, he has worked in and around the entertainment industry and in custom woodworking, milling, and cabinetry for over 10 years.
"I’ve been playing music in one form or another as long as I can remember. There isn’t one genre that I don’t find interesting, but I have a special place in my heart for traditional Irish music, old-time Appalachian dance music and the origins and history of the banjo: African music. The banjo is a such a unique instrument. It took a clash of cultures, thrown against each other, to develop what we know of it today. Despite an unfortunate history at times, the banjo is truly an American icon. I am influenced by all types of art and that conveys in what I make. To me, the construction of an instrument is just as important as its sound. I put careful consideration into composition, wood choice, patina, pattern, materials and aesthetics. My desire is to make simple, yet elegant, banjos, which often requires a painstaking editing processes. I’m seeking to make the best possible instrument, one banjo at at a time."
– J. Tyler Burke