Here's a nice project for a rainy Saturday...
"A Boy's Own Paper" was a publication for English boys intended to provide edifying stories and ensure representation of an underlying Christian morality during their formative years. This weekly paper originally cost one penny and went on sale September 18th, 1879. The following is a December 1888 article on "How to Build a Banjo". Victorian youths must have been quite resourceful craftsman to have completed this project. The previous article was "How to Build A Steam Engine"! It involved sheet brass and fabricating various valves. I'll stick to banjos.
Click on the download below to open a readable size PDF facsimile of the paper.
Learning to play the banjo at a basic level is a relatively easy manner. If you are already familiar with another string instrument like the guitar, it should only take you about 10 minutes. If you haven't played an instrument before, but can hum a tune, it shouldn't take more than an hour. Click below for the PDF download.