Beartown Banjo is a builder of block rim, open back banjos crafted primarily with northeastern Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut. Tone rings are commonly brass rod, Dobson style, or integral wood tone ring of Black Locust.Each Beartown Banjo is the product of attention and respect to the wood, and to the music. You’ll find these instruments sleek and simple, with minimal inlay and ornamentation. This opens the window into seeing the beauty of the wood that holds the soul of the instrument. Remember… each banjo was once a living tree.