I have an old Persian carpet which my grand father brought back from Iran before the WW ll .

I got an idea to recreate its pattern on a banjo .

This is the part that I put on resonator back.
I made some modification on birds

The drawing for resonator sides.

Best quality curly maple resonator from Gill .
These lines were carved with carving knives.

It will be stained and painted like the original carpet.

The bird on the fingerboard.

The head is white MOP, wings are of gold MOP and bronze shell , pink abalone chest, gold MOP leg, white tails.

Gold MOP Iris .  black pupil and eye lines are black cyanoacrylate.

Gold beak  grafted.

Inlaid. Vines are black MOP. Some flowers and buds are bronze shell.

Feathers and Scales drawn.


Engraving lines are drawn with pencil.
Unfortunately, there is a crack in the largest piece. But it will be hidden by engraving  . . . I hope.

The main flower of the peg head has a crack( layer separation ).  You can see black ink penetrates at the left lower part.
 I decided to replace.

 The older piece was cut out with scroll saw

Feather and leg scales engraved

Then, beheaded for fret slots .   . . .  poor bird!

I carelessly dropped the neck after the overlay was glued and it hit a steel vise on the floor.
The column cracked and caused rattle when tapped.
Again, I had to replace a piece.
Now the column is wider .