John Elwood, a maker of fine musical instruments and a 2001 graduate of Washington State University, crafts banjos from WSU cheese cans (like the iconic Cougar Gold).
Watch John play his “canjo” below and read more about his work in the spring 2011 issue.
Cougar fight song played on the canjo.
“Shortnin’ bread” played on the canjo (listen for the lyrical twist).
In addition to canjos, John plays folk music and creates whimsical and beautiful instruments like the goblin dulcimer in the video below where he plays his own composition “Sing to the Baby.”