There may be nothing more hilarious and/or confusing than an email chain between Haskell Harris and Hollister Hovey. She's the great mind behind Belle Decor, Garden & Gun Magazine's blog on Southern style, culture and well, decor. AND - she recently emailed to ask me to guest blog! For my first installation, I interviewed Geoff Stelling, the founder of custom banjo maker Stelling Banjo Works.
One of my best college friends got married on a mountain in the Blue Ridge and the incredible Hackensaw Boys provided the tunes. Geoff's son, Jimmy, played banjo for them at the time (his being a Stelling Stag Head that his dad made for him when he was young). Jimmy left the band a couple years ago to work for his dad and has now started his own shop. Both father and son are quite incredible - and have made banjos for some really ridiculously amazing pickers. Give it a read!