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July 15, 2018

Kevin Enoch

The July program is a followup from the January meeting that didnt transpire when our IT system failed. There will be no fiddling around at the July meeting because the speaker is a renowned banjo maker. Kevin Enoch will show some of his stunning banjos, as well as some very interesting banjos in his collection. He will present slides showing the tools he uses to create extraordinary pearl inlay and the carving details in his custom banjos. If you want a sneak peak at some of his work, please see enochbanjos.com and click Custom on his Banjo’s page.

Kevin Enoch is from Cleveland, Ohio. His father and grandfather were carpenters. His first job was working under his father’s tutelage whose motto was “anything worth doing is worth doing right.” In the early 1980’s, Kevin started playing old-time banjo and hanging out at Goose Acres Music, which was the center of Cleveland’s old-time music scene at the time. After helping with carpentry work at the shop, the owner offered to let him first learn to build an instrument after hours and later hired him to do instrument building, starting with autoharps and lap dulcimer. Within a few years, he was their lead banjo builder. He obtained a Ohio Arts Council grant to study pearl inlay and engraving from master instrument builder and Ohio State University fine arts teacher, Doug Unger. In 1989, he left Ohio and started building instruments under his own name. In 1991 Kevin started the company Enoch Instruments; the goal was to create an instrument designed for clawhammer playing, embracing the aesthetics of the great banjo makers of the early 20th century. His ability to create high quality pearl inlays has been recognized by players and collectors alike. Kevin was awarded a Maryland Arts Council grant in 2009 to teach pearl engraving to Pete Ross. He also has done work for other companies including Paul Reed Smith Guitars and C. F. Martin Guitars.

Several members indicated they have loaded up on user and collectable tools to bring to the tailgate event so come early and bring two friends. Connect with the program and bring instrument maker tools to trade or sell.

The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA

Tool Trading: about 8:30 -11:15 AM, Mini-Auction 11:15-12:00. Program 12:00-1:30 pm




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The Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association, Inc. (PATINA) is an educational, tax-exempt organization for people who have an interest in the tools, crafts or manufacturing processes of the past.

Formed in 1977, PATINA is a regional tool club based in the Washington, D.C. area. We have members from 24 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership. The annual dues of $12.00 includes membership for the entire family and they are welcome to participate in all PATINA events. PATINA's original group of about 30 has grown to over 250.

Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors. This purpose is partly served by the bimonthly newsletter PATINAGRAM which includes member-contributed articles and information of interest to our members. In addition, the PATINAGRAM provides regular announcements of upcoming meetings and auctions, reports on past meetings, reviews of relevant publications, and notices of other tool-related events. As an educational organization, PATINA is often invited to stage exhibits and demonstrations for local and national groups that express an interest in early tools and trades.


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