Rumours are spreading that I’ve emigrated to Canada. It’s not true, but I’ll probably be spending more time there. I spent one month this fall helping out and hanging around the work shop of Romero Banjos on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The shop is the husband and wife team of Jason and Pharis Romero and they graciously took me in and gave me a little trailer to live in while I watched and learned the art of fine instrument building. I followed through the whole banjo building process while they did a limited edition run of banjos.  On the side I managed to finish a banjo of mine that I had started with Jason a year earlier. We spent every day together for an entire month and by the end of it we didn’t want to kill each other. That’s much harder than building banjos. Check out their website at