Banjo consists of four hand-shaped pieces of spruce wood. The face of the banjo is shaped into a ring that is mounted to a shallow cylinidrical piece with a screw. The cylindrical pieces is set into a metal cylinder made from the bottom of a powder can and held in place with three screws. A circular piece of tanned groundhog hide is attached to a metal can that sits inside the spruce wood cylinider. The banjo handle is made from a long pice of spruce shaped like an elongated wedge with a shaped tailpiece at the pegged end. The end opposite the tailpiece appears to fit into a slot in the banjo head. The powder can is cut to accomodate the handle. The tailpiece is shaped and has four circular peg hoes. A narrow slot separates the tail piece from the handle and a thin piece of wood fits in the slot. It appears that it was once notched to hold the strings, but one notch has splintered away and the string was held by a bent nail. No strings remain and only one of the pegs still exists. The fifth peg hole is on the side of the handle just above a niche cut to accommodate it, approximately three-quarters of the way up the handle. A metal screw set on top may have guided the string to the fifth peg. A paper label was glued to the handle top with a hand-written inscription describing the origin of the piece and its maker.
BANJO/MADE 187_/ BY H. E. WRIG__/FROM SORU__/TREE, BOTT__/ FROM BLACK/ POWDER CAN,/ TANNED GROU__/ HOG SKIN./ YES IT/ WAS ALSO/ PLAYED