“If Will Seeders Mosheim did not make banjos, he probably would have become an engineer. “I’m precision-oriented,” he said, standing in the Dorset woodshop he shares with his father, a furniture maker. “It’s the way I see things and the way I problem-solve.”
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Quoted from The Boston Globe Magazine photo essay “Inside the workshops of some of the region’s premier musical instrument makers” featured in the March 11th 2022 Sunday Magazine. For full article and to see the other makers featured see link below.
“One half of the folk duo Carling & Will, William Seeders Mosheim knows a thing or two about making music. When it comes to his livelihood of building instruments, he’s learned that the more parts one makes by hand, the better.
At Seeders Instruments (seedersinstruments.com, 802-768-1215) — nestled on a wooded hillside in Dorset, Vermont — he shares a bright workshop with his father, a maker of fine furniture, and his metalworker brother. There, he makes banjos with painstaking care, crafting almost all of the parts himself. “I don’t have to rely on any other makers to supply my rims, supply my inlays, to supply my hardware,” Mosheim says. “I can really fine-tune all the bits and pieces that go into my instruments.”
He adds, “There is nothing better than to see the instruments I create go on to make beautiful music in the hands of other artists.”
When out in Seattle recently I made a trip over to The Fretboard Journal. Jason Verlinde recorded a fun talk we had about my work and the world of custom open back banjos.
Seeders Instruments banjos are now available for purchase at The Music Emporium in Lexington, Mass. If you’re not looking to get a custom made banjo or would like to skip the wait, head over to their shop to find the latest inventory of readily available models. The knowledgeable friendly staff and amazing inventory of instruments will never disappoint.
Check out my interview with Craig Evans featured in Volume 5 of Conversations with Old-Time Performers & Banjo Builders. Craig and I had a great conversation about my story that led to becoming a banjo builder, I hope you enjoy what he put together. It’s an honor to be included with friends and many of my greatest influences in this series in the Smithsonian Collection. The link to purchase the DVD set can be found at the bottom of this page.