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Handcrafting Traditional Mountain Banjos

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calling all fans of traditional Appalachian music!  Join us for this special 2-day workshop event with professional woodworker and sculptor J. Daniel Graham.  Participants will go behind the scenes at KHS to see examples of traditional techniques used to create Appalachian musical instruments.  Graham will then guide the class in assembling their own mountain banjos using a variety of Kentucky hardwoods.  We’ll finish the workshop by playing our new banjos together in a group lesson, taught by Georgetown musician John Ryster.  No woodworking experience is necessary and all materials will be provided!  Price also includes snacks and soft drinks throughout the workshop, as well as a boxed lunch on Saturday (see options below).  Come join the fun!

For ages 18+, but those ages 13-17 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Date:  Saturday, November 16, 9 am – 5 p.m. & Sunday, November 17, 1 – 5 p.m.

Instructor:  J. Daniel Graham, Professor of Art, Georgetown College

Cost:  $275 per participant; $255 for KHS members.  Price includes museum admission, all materials, a boxed lunch and snacks.  Registration and prepayment are required by October 31.

Boxed lunch options:

  1. 3 Peas Greek (vegetarian) served on ciabatta with baby spinach, feta, Kalamata olives, red onions, English cucumbers and Roma tomatoes with a splash of balsamic dressing. Comes with kettle chips, jumbo artisan cookie, and a soft drink or bottled water.
  2. 3 Peas Smoked Turkey and Cheddar, served on European wheatberry bread with Roma tomatoes and green leaf lettuce. Comes with kettle chips, jumbo artisan cookie, and a soft drink or bottled water.

Registration and prepayment are required by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31.  Class will be limited to 12 participants.  Call 502-782-8118 or email [email protected]

Workshops begin by checking in at the front desk of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.


November 16, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W Broadway St
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission
300 Saint Clair St., Suite 102
Frankfort, KY 40601