This gourd was very heavy so I cut only a small slice off the top. The shell was extremely thick so I decided to utilize
it in a design to show through a translucent calfskin head. The resultant sound was so brilliant I pierced several decorative
holes in the shell to mellow it somewhat. It is still, by far, the loudest banjer I have made.
Most modern makers utilize round gourds with only a slice off the top and though I generally prefer to cut more interesting
shapes in half, I have made a few of the more common form. This is another one of those but not nearly as loud as the one
to the left. The neck is beautiful spalted red maple with a slightly fan-shaped scroll.