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Joplin Man Makes Banjos Out of Unique Wood

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.
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," Crane says.

He charges about $160 for each of them. Each banjo is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.



(story contributed by KODE/KSN, Joplin, MO)

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