Banjo & Mandolin Building Workshop

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March 20-25, 2022

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$370 to Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center for meals and lodging
$850 to Don Kawalek for instrument kits and expert instruction
Please make seperate checks




  • Solid mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, peg head, overlay and heel cap.
  • Sealed tuning machines (including 5th string tuner).
  • Mother of Pearl position markers for fingerboard.
  • 2 way adjustable truss rod.
  • 11" 3-ply maple pot rolled brass tone ring, 2 coordinator rods, 24 hook tension hoop, No-knot tail piece, and 11" Fiberskyn head.
  • For frailing or claw hammer style of playing
  • Octave or Standard.
  • Book matched sitka spruce top, black walnut sides and back.
  • Slotted ebony finger board 13 7/8" and veneer peg head overlay.
  • Splated maple rosette, curly maple binding and b/w/b wood purfling.


Special Information
  • This is a beginner workshop designed for adult participants.
  • Participation is limited to 10 participants for a better instructor ratio.
  • Meals and lodging for the entire workshop is provided.
  • Rustic but comfortable bunk style lodging is provided.
  • A health form (no physical required) and information packet will be mailed upon receipt of your registration form and payment.
  • Registration deadline: March 4, 2022
About the Instructor

Master Craftsman, luthier, and teacher Don Kawalek will provide instruction, kits, and a special techniques workshop on inlaying and finishing. Don is a seasoned instrument maker and master builder with over 40 years of experience. His workshops provide a truly unique experience!

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Our Mission

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center's mission is to improve the quality of life through educating youth and adults in a natural setting.

Contact Us

1267 4-H Camp Road
Appomattox, VA 24522

(434) 248-5444

(434) 248-6749