Teilhard has been making gourd and early era banjos for the last 16 years. Inspired by Mike Seeger’s work, coupled with the excellent Rounder Records release, “Minstrel Banjo Style”, Teilhard set to making first a gourd fiddle and then on to the banjo. With gut strings, extra long scale length, mellow tones of wood and skin, these banjos make their way into the heart of everyone, even the most steadfast objector!
The tackhead banjos are based on the neck design of W.E. Boucher ca. 1850. An extra large pot gives an enormous and rich tone.
The gourd banjos design of the West African Kora, with a neck design of Teilhard’s own, with either a flat headstock or a “fiddle” style peg box inspired by the Afgani Rubab and Japanese Shamisen.