The HANDS BEHIND the MADE

  • Patrick David Sawyer

    Patrick (he/him), originally from Morganton, NC has been building banjos since 2005. He built his first banjo under the guidance of Luthier Charlie Glen while a Geography and Appropriate Technology student at Appalachian State University. Having a great interest and deep respect for Appalachian culture, he has studied and worked with luthiers and crafts people from Boone to Brasstown. With an engineering eye and high standard for structural and aesthetic quality, Patrick draws from the traditionalism & innovative spirit of the mountain folk to create beautiful looking and rich sounding instruments that make his mentors (and customers) proud. In 2014 Patrick started Balsam Banjoworks as a separate banjo parts and accessaries company providing quality, American made hardware to banjo builders all over the world.

  • Adam Sacora

    Adam (he/him) worked with Pisgah Banjos for several years since 2014. Patrick and Adam met briefly in college while at Appalachian State University and then again working for the same solar company in Asheville. When in the shop, he brings a fun spirit and loves to help others fine tune their process. He's a quality control type of guy and loves the details. When he's not at work, Adam is going downhill on his mountain bike, playing rock-n-roll with his hand built semi hollow guitar and matching amp, hiking with his wife, Alyssa.

  • Jack Furman

    Jack Furman (he/him) joined Pisgah Banjos via Houston, TX.  He graduated from Roberto Venn School of Lutherie and is well versed in all aspects of instrument building, setup and repair. Jack is an accomplished fiddle and concertina player and was involved in the old-time and folk music community in Houston.  Outside of building banjos, Jack and his partner like to explore their new home around Asheville, searching for endangered salamanders and getting a taste of southern Appalachian culture.

  • Melissa Arnold

    Melissa is your customer service extraordinaire. She will happily answer your calls and emails. Behind the scenes, she is doing many administrative duties, maintaining spreadsheets, managing inventory, planning for custom orders, packing Balsam & Pisgah orders, and taking beautiful photos of banjos. Melissa is an eastern North Carolina native, though she has called western NC home for the past 17 years. She is a graduate of UNC-Asheville with a bachelor's degree in Management. In her free time she enjoys playing music, hiking, taking photographs, organic gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

  • Claire Whall

    Claire is a Massachusetts native who has made her home in Asheville, NC. She is no stranger to power tools and sanding and has a passion for making handmade items. Claire is a talented musician, singer, and songwriter. When she's not at the shop, you can find her playing shows around town or working on her upcoming album.