The Viking 30th Anniversary Banjo
(reclaimed submerged wood),
with rosewood and maple binding.
The inlays are made from silver,
gold, mother of pearl, several varieties of wood, and abalone shell.
The metal parts are engraved into bead blasted metal parts and then plated
with nickel before they are finished with a super hard titanium nitride
gold colored coating that should last for decades. All the artwork, including
the heel carving, is a replication of genuine Viking art. Geoff Stelling
began this project in 1989 during a trip to visit his Swedish dealer,
Sture Svaren in Lerum. With Geoff's photocopies of artifacts and Viking
art found in the Gothenburg Library in Sweden (with many thanks to Sture
Svaren) and other artwork found by Brian Calhoun in the Library of Washington
and Lee University in Virginia, all the material was compiled from which
the final inlay pattern was designed on the Viking banjo. Brian Calhoun
used his own artistic genius to create several of the inlay patterns in
certain fret positions, but it was all derived from the Vikings and their
unique art. This banjo is a one-of-a-kind, and others can be created
like it to also be one-of-a-kind.
Plating, engraving and other options available.
All models feature the Tony Pass 600TS
Old Wood Rim
and a deluxe TKL emerald green crushed velvet plush lined case.
Left-handed, tenor, or plectrum versions of most models are available.
Deluxe versions of the Crusader, Master's Cross, Red Fox, SwallowTail and Virginian
(all with special engraving patterns unique to each model)
are available with custom plating upon request.
To purchase please contact us directly
for custom banjos.
this custom banjo, please contact:
Stelling Banjo Works
7258 Banjo Lane
Afton, Virginia 22920
Ph. (434) 295-1917,
or (800) 5-STRING.
Tel. hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9AM-4PM.
To purchase other banjo models,
please consult our
Authorized Dealer List.