Halfmoon Banjo Works
About the Banjo Maker

I've been an active woodworker for more than 20 years, and have made a wide variety of things for my family and home. As my interest in Old Time music has grown, I've enjoyed learning and perfecting my luthier skills and making instruments to play. My wife (guitar) and son (fiddle, banjo, and guitar) also play Old Time music, and we enjoy playing together.

I've been woodworking since 1998, when I went into a local woodworking store to see if I could buy some lathe tools for an old Rockwell lathe my grandfather had owned, and which had been sitting in my parent's garage for the past twenty years. I came out of the store with several gouges, scrapers, and skew chisel, and a gleam in my eye-- my wife bought me a tablesaw shortly afterwards as a birthday present.

I produce instruments somewhat intermittently, based upon the time I can find to work on them. In addition to making instruments and furniture, I also make the frames (and much of the framing stock) for my wife, Alice, who is a professional artist in pastels and oils (see her artist website).

I make my official living as a Professor at Penn State University. Most of the activities I'm involved with are months-long, with multiple meetings, planning, group decision-making, and then implementation. Woodworking,in contrast, provides me the immediate sense that I'm accomplishing something -- I can work for an evening on a woodworking project, and immediately see the results of that effort; its a very tangible feeling with deep satisfaction.

Tim on the C&O Canal