We use a variety of rim constructions here in the shop, offering rims in 10", 11", 12" and 13" radius. Construction types include two- or three-ply bent rims, block rims, and block-core/veneer rims. The type of construction will vary depending on the project and the wood used.
These two- or three-ply rims are our most widely used style of rim. It follows in the traditional of early drum and banjo construction. We used woods like maple, walnut, cherry and mahogany to make rims in this style. Very sturdy and stable.
Occasionally we will use block construction for special projects and our all-wood rims. These finished rims have a segmented appearance, but can be a very stable alternative to the bent rim.
We developed these rims through a desire to use precious hardwoods that were rare/expensive and hard to bend. We use this construction when we make rims made from denser woods including ebony, Macassar ebony, bloodwood and other hardwoods. These rims have a submerged maple block-construction core, with thick 0.080" hardwood veneers on the outside and inside.
Turning & Finishing
We hand-turn our rims on a custom lathe. Rims of specific thickness are available upon request. A typical finished Romero banjo rim is 1/2" thick and 3" tall. All rims are capped top and bottom with a tonering and rim cap, stabilizing the rim and adding a beautiful finishing touch.