Our POWER

The PBCO Workshop is powered solely by solar power.

In keeping with our mission of being a sustainable company, we've made it a priority to generate 100% of our energy from the sun. PBCO employs a 7.2 KW photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the banjo shop. This will

supply all of the energy needed for banjo production and then some.

Additionally, we source all of our tone woods from local and regional saw mills and suppliers.

Our hope is to make this practice mainstream and reduce the dependence on exotic hardwoods all around.

The HANDS BEHIND the MADE

Patrick Heavner

Patrick, originally from Morganton, North Carolina, has been building banjos for 7 years. Having a great interest and deep respect for Appalachian culture he has studied and worked with luthiers and crafts

people from Boone to Brasstown. With an engineering eye and high standard for structural and aesthetic quality, Patrick draws from the traditionalism & innovative spirit of the mountain folk to create beautiful

looking and rich sounding instruments that make his mentors (and customers) proud.

Topher Stephens

Topher grew up steeped in the musical culture of Appalachia. Between attending bluegrass and old-time festivals since he was 2 years old, and working alongside his father in the woodshop, he developed a keen appreciation of

rural mountain music, and a discerning eye for quality craftsmanship. He learned clawhammer style banjo at a young age and has since gone on to learn and pass on more local old-time picking styles such as the Beech

Mountain “Double Knock” and Saman tha Bumgarner's up-picking. Topher is happy to be making banjos that both honor these local traditions and help them flourish in the modern world.

Open-back banjos, hand-made in the Appalachian
mountains with native hardwoods.

The WHY to the WHAT

Our mission is to create affordable, professional quality, handcrafted banjos
using 100% Native Appalachian Hardwoods.

persimmon
Diospyros virginiana

Extremely hard.
Used for fingerboards,
peghead veneer and
tone-rings

maple
Acer saccharum

Used for necks, and
rims. Heavier and
harder than Walnut
and Cherry.

walnut
Juglans nigra

Used for necks, rims and
rim caps. Lighter than
Maple and Cherry.
Rich in color.

cherry
Prunus serotina

Used for necks, rims
and rim caps. Deepens
in color with age
and sun.

Located just outside of Asheville North Carolina, in the Fairview Valley, our banjos celebrate the rich musical and creative culture of the Southern Appalachians.

Featured MODELS

Parts SHOP

Customize your banjo with the following options

We build our necks and rims with Native Appalachian Maple, Cherry and Walnut hardwoods. All of our fingerboards, heel caps,
and head stock veneer are made from persimmon, a member of the ebony family. Banjos with all standard features start at $1150.

CHOICE of WOOD
Maple
Cherry
Walnut
CHOICE of HEAD STOCK
Paddle
Vintage
+$50
CHOICE of TONE RING
Rolled Brass
Dobson
+$100
Whyte Laydie
+$200
Persimmon
Tubaphone
+$200
CHOICE of HEAD
Renaissance
Calf Skin
+$50
CHOICE of FRAILING SCOOP
Simple
S-Style
+$50
CHOICE of RIM SIZE
CHOICE of HEEL
Folk
A.K.A. "Dobson"
Vintage
+$75
Additional FEATURES
Custom Heel Carving
+$350
Left-Handed Model
+$50
Neck OPTIONS
Fretless
Faux Fret
Scale-Lengths
Optional HANDLER
TKL Banjo Case
+$100

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