I started out as a small child in a large family. We were encouraged to make
our own toys, whenever possible. I made my first stringed instrument, a sort
of 3-stringed baritone uke, in 1962.

My uncle, Freyher V. Williams, saw me picking at a ukelele, and offered me
his old Slingerland Maybelle. At the time, I didn't know the difference
between a tenor and a plectrum, so I put tenor strings on this old plectrum.

Since tenors have shorter necks and heavier strings, the neck bowed badly
within a few years. I made a 5-string neck for it, out of some birdseye maple
flooring that somebody was discarding.
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something I've lived through or seen. So, if there's anything you really want to know, click
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The original decal, still beautiful,
on the banjo from my uncle.