The Lotus – OME’s 55th Anniversary Banjo

Last Fall, while trekking around the Everest region in Nepal I was inspired to design and build a 55th anniversary banjo as a benchmark since I first started building banjos in 1960.  The design I ended up using for this instrument is based on traditional Buddhist artwork that I was continually seeing on temples, monasteries, lodges, and even carved into countless granite boulders found along many of the mountain trails I went on.