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i have just finished helping a couple of kids . you know those mormon kids that ride around on bikes and try to convert us baptist. well two of them showed up outside my garage and intro'ed themselves as elder some body and elder some body else . while i was trying to get my mind around the 18 year olds being my elders when i got under wear older than them.any way they were facinated by the cigarbox guitars. i told them a little of the history of them , let them play with a couple of them . they ask if i would teach them how to build one. so i thought about the blind leading the blind and agreeded .with the condition that there would be no trying to convert me while we were working on cgb's . they agreed.so we were off.i'm gonna figure out how to post the pictures of tthem working on the boxes, i named them elder,elder and elder jr. since i couldn't recall their names and they looked alike in the little bike helmets and shirt and ties.i'll try to get the pictures in order and down loaded but the finished products are in my photo albums the one with the gator in shirt and tie and the one with the chiefs anchor for all you sailors in the crowd. we got those finished and they were true to their word not once did they try to convert me while we were building. but they left a passdown to the next crew that showed up yesterday, looking for the same deal. i told told them that same deal gos and i have to finishe the banjo i'm working on first.


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Comment by Ted Crocker on March 15, 2011 at 10:26pm

That's a great story.  I must say I never had a Mormon on a bike knock on my door.  Great that you were able to connect on another level. Cool instruments, wish you had better pics

Comment by Dave K. on March 16, 2011 at 7:42am
Did they teach ya how magnets work? :)
Comment by mike(butterball) miller on March 16, 2011 at 1:54pm

no do mormons have the secrets of magnets?



Comment by mike(butterball) miller on March 16, 2011 at 1:58pm

i'm sorry about the pictures . i'll try to do better on the banjo build . i'm trying to make out of a really thin wood head and bending some wood on my bending iron i got for christmas and never used much except to burn myself . its real good at that. and at cracking the wood at the ast moment just before you have it bent into shape . but i'm learning thanks to all ya''ll 's patients with me i'm getting the piezo pickups to work pretty pround of that .thanks ted.


Comment by mike(butterball) miller on March 16, 2011 at 2:00pm

i gave the one i made with the chiefs anchor drawn on it to the nurse at the doc's office for her husband who is deployed she was very happy so this hobby is rewarding in mor ways than money.


Comment by mike(butterball) miller on March 16, 2011 at 10:26pm

i only had a little time to work on the sort of banjo today . i had a friend come down to go ditch fishin' tomorrow l so i decided to get the neck installed and glued up. things went pretty smoothly for a change i finished in plenty of time to get the den cleaned up so my wife wouldn't be embarassed . i told her it was my mess and my friend from the last 30 years so he knew what my den looked like messed up but i lost that argument. anyway after i got done i went back out to the shop to look at my sort of banjo. i think i'll refer to it as S.O.B. from now on less typing and much more accurate. to make a long story a little shorter i put the neck in backwards .so tomorrow i'll try to heat

the glue up and pull the neck and stick it in the right hole so the gator won't be standing on his head. wish me luck.

Comment by Ted Crocker on March 16, 2011 at 10:45pm

S.O.B - perfect!  Good luck with the neck.

Ditch fishin'?

Comment by mike(butterball) miller on March 16, 2011 at 10:53pm

i guess i should explain ditch fishin' that is when you put a couple of fishin' poles and a cooler and you ride down some old roads you havn't ever traveled before and stop at every bridge, ditch pond or mud puddle that looks like it might have a fish in in and you try a cast or two just to check it out. suprising how much fishing is overlooked by people traveling at 60 mph who just don't notice what they are passing . just don't eat the fish. the one who catches the most wins. simple and real fun,


Comment by mike(butterball) miller on April 2, 2011 at 3:11pm

well i just about got the S.O.B.hammered into submission. i managed to remove and reinstall the neck from the right side so the gator wouldn't be standing on his head when thing was played. i decided to put frets on it. and after a lot of soul searching and fretting in general i used a 25.5 scale to lay it out. i used the little saw Ted told me about and everything seemed to go real well.i m installing the fret wire now and should be ready to string it up and see if it will make some noise. i've b een reading up on tuning a banjo it seems to be a little more complicated than a guitar or i should say you have more G tuning i think . i'll put up some pictures later today.i was reading in one of the yahoo groups about uploading picxtures is it better to load them to a site like flicker and then upload to the clubhouse? well bacl to work and who ever ask yes that is a needlepoint hoop i started with .



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