Story Gourd Workshop


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Unique Handmade Instruments Inspired by Appalachian Tradition

With decades of experience in the music industry, banjo builder Dena Lee creates and crafts only the finest instruments for Story Gourd Workshop.  The retail shop provides a variety of unique musical instruments and accessories.

Choose from our huge assortment of handmade banjos, including tack head gourd and rim banjos, with hand-carved necks and goat skin heads. The banjos are made of North American lumber such as cherry wood, walnut, and maple as well as reclaimed wood occasionally.

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Dena Lee developed a special series of banjos called the BlackFella banjos shown above.  They are made out of black walnut wood, and each has a design burned into the gourd. The Nugget is a three-quarter-size gourd banjo made from cannonball gourds.

You can mix and match features of your banjo for a custom design that looks great at home and on stage just like the guitarrone style bass pictured here.  Choose the type of wood, neck, headstock and gourd design.  The 17" bass gourd banjo shown on the right.  Call us for special features.  Additional charges apply for some features.

  The normal production time for a custom banjo is about one week.  Shipping time depends on your area.


Contact us to purchase a custom banjo or select your banjo below.

Other instruments are available on the next page.

Story Gourd Banjos

BlakFella Gourd Banjo 

Full scale Old Time gourd banjo handcrafted with simple neck, bone nut and tailpiece. Walnut neck with ornate gourd/skin.



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The Nugget  3/4 scale Old Time gourd banjo.  Identical features as our full size banjo.

  MSRP $649.00  Story Gourd direct price $347.00