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Brad's Beat: Joplin Banjo Maker
By Brad Douglas
JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin man is strumming up a fun hobby in his retirement. For the past 10 years, Doug Crane has been making banjos in his free time. He uses special wood for the banjos. Some of the wood has been from debris after the Joplin tornado. Another banjo he's making is made from the wood of a man's boyhood home. He picked up the hobby a decade ago from a book he bough for 25 cents and just kept getting better and better.
"I usually see people throwing away wood, I usually pick it up to make things out of it," said Doug Crane, Banjo Maker.
He charges about $160 for each of them. Each banjo comes with a certificate of authenticity, and the number of the banjo.