I'm starting to get back in the shop a little and it feels good. The mindset of the shop is starting to flow back in after having been tucked away in a corner of my brain for the past 6 or so weeks. I came across this Shaker "dictum" recently and it really shook away some of the cobwebs...
"Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don't hesitate to make it beautiful."
And one thing I deem necessary and useful is a banjo. My friend Zeke has gotten into making gourd and tack head banjos recently. So, some of the time I've spent in the shop recently has been focused on roughing out banjo necks with him. The picture below shows our recent progress...