My Buck-A-Roo Banjo
By Zachary H.
I wasn't sure how I wanted to make my banjo until I went shopping with my Mom and found this buck tin. Then I knew that I wanted it to look like a hunting banjo and I found everything I needed to make this. My instrument is called the "Buck-A-Roo Banjo".
I measured out the wood handle and drew a line on the tin for what needed to be cut out. My Dad used his tin snips to cut out where the wood handle needed to go. I then sanded the tin with a file so that it wouldn't be so sharp.
I had found some Camo duct tape and used it to cover the wood handle because I wanted it to look more like a hunting banjo. I then screwed in the eyelets for the strings and found that they weren't high enough, so my Dad had to cut some wood so I could raise the ends up. Now the strings wouldn't hit the tin.
I then used fishing line for the strings and found it hard to tie it tight enough to be able to strum it. But after some time, I was able to get them all tied off.
I strum the banjo softly to make it have a soft dynamics, and I strum it harder for a loud dynamics. I also learned that the pitch changes from low to high if I hold the strings down while moving my hand up and down the wooden handle while strumming the banjo.
The timbre of my instrument is banjo-like in its sound. I didn't expect that because it is made of tin and fishing line. It has that banjo twang sound like a real banjo.
I had so much fun building this banjo and seeing it turn out like the hunting banjo I wanted. And then to have it really work is awesome.