In case you're wondering what bridge I'm talking about... cast your eyes over this picture. It's from the video below. What an unusual bridge with its two arms curling forwards. I posted on google+ asking for hints on how to make one and the feedback was brilliant.
Pete comes across as a great guy in this video. He talks about all sorts of things. I don't think he really knows too much about his bridge, but he's happy to show it off. I still can't get over him attaching a hoop into his banjo neck to hold his strap. What a character and inspiration!
I was pointed in the direction of the Banjo Bridge website where Bart Veerman recreated the bridge made for Pete Seeger by Stu Jamieson and Allan Hjerpe. This one and the original were apparently made using circuit-board in the spirit of true prototypes. I began to wonder whether I could perhaps make one out of wood. Maybe I couldn't get one as thin as the one pictured, but it would be in the style. The more I thought about it, the more I figured I needed to give it a go as a little experiment of my own.
This is the main body of the bridge itself. Those little legs have caused me bother.
Here's the ebony I'm using. See the crack. This would have been an offcut, so I'm glad that I've figured out something to use it for. I've reduced the thickness down to 3 mm using my table saw and I'm intending to sand thinner where needed..
Here I am cutting the blanks I'm going to need. For simplicity's sake, I cut the two leg blanks to be the same size.
Here's a neat trick. It's difficult to see pencil drawing on ebony, with it being so dark. Here I've put masking tape over one side to draw on. I can cut through the tape as I'm cutting the wood..
Out came the vice and I cut everything out.
At this stage, everything was looking good. Don't be fooled, the legs are not connected here... I was just dreaming again ;-)
Tomorrow I hope to be working on the Highwayman Banjo neck and not this at all... but we shall see...
Update 4-Apr-2015: You can see the finished bridge and hear a sound check in my follow-up post.