LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette man makes his own banjos and is making a business out of letting you, too.
Carver Banjos owner Brian Carver creates do it yourself banjo kits. He hopes his special craft will help bring music to the masses.
Carver has been making banjos for over a decade now. His passion for banjos began when he made his first one at the age of 17. "It started out just building whatever I could find. I had a frying pan and 2x4 and some paperclips for frets,” said Carver as he recalled the first banjo he ever made.
What started out as a hobby quickly transitioned to a career. "I don't know anyone that can listen to a banjo and not smile. It's always drawn me as an instrument,” said Carver.
Brian originally graduated from flight school, but his love for woodworking saw him change paths. "I'd always been doing woodworking and it was still my passion so I decided to revisit it once I graduated,” he said.
He quickly turned that passion into a business. Since creating Carver Banjos, he has sold nearly 1,000 do it yourself banjo kits. "I've got a banjo in probably every state in the country and 8 or 9 countries,” said Carver.
Brian is hoping to take the banjo and his business to new levels. "I want to bring the banjo into the 21st century like how the electric guitar revolutionized the guitar. I want to do that with the banjo,” said Carver.
He hopes his new electric banjo will bring joy all while keeping that classic sound. "I don't know anyone that can listen to a banjo and not smile,” said Carver.