Installing a Skin Head using the prototype Beede
David Hyatt - 10/16/2006
Here is a very nice method of attaching the skin to the gourd. This is, again,
not meant to be the definitive method - just one of many...
This was developed by Florida luthier and musician David Beede. David developed
this at the request of a musician to replace the head on his Thornburg gourd
banjo with a tensioning system that would be more adjustable
In his words (with some editing)...
This method makes use of 1/8" Delrin hoop to reinforce the skin edges
and distribute the lacing tension evenly to the skin. It produces skin tension
equivalent to tack-head banjos but with no glue or metal parts.