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"Measure Once, Swear Three Times": Verne Marr's Banjos


Verne Marr takes a limited number of commissions every year for custom old-time banjos. Each one is a work of art, which specialized inlays and many regionally-sourced woods.

We visited Marr’s Pendleton workshop, to talk to him about how he taught himself the craft and the source of inspirations for his lovely designs. 

Pendleton luthier Verne Marr makes and repairs a limited number of banjos every year. We visited his workshop to talk about his work.

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