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) has been working with Pisgah Banjos 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 Adam's 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.

  • Tim Gastrock

    Tim (he/him) joined the Asheville scene in 2003 from Fairfax, VA. He has been with Pisgah Banjos since early 2019. His lunch break old time banjo tunes light up the shop and he plays the fiddle, too. Tim is a graduate of the Haywood Professional Craft Program and is the furniture maker behind Sweet Leaf Woodworks. When he's not working with wood and instruments, he is immersed in the soil with his partner, Marietta, tending to their beloved garden with their dogs and chickens running in the background.

  • Melissa Arnold

    Melissa (she/her) is your customer service extraordinaire. She will happily answer your calls and emails. Behind the scenes, she is doing administrative duties, maintaining spreadsheets, managing inventory, and packing Balsam & Pisgah orders. Melissa is an eastern North Carolina native, though she has called western NC home for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of UNC-Asheville with a bachelor's degree in Management. In her free time she enjoys making pottery, playing music, hiking, organic gardening, and spending time with the people she loves.

  • Sulli Sullivan

    Sulli (she/her) grew up in a small eastern TN town. She studied Expressive Arts at Appalachian State University. After traveling and working for a couple of years, she set roots in Asheville, NC. With a passion for creative expression, Sulli worked in the mental health field to share her creativity, empathy, and support with others for five years. With a never ending desire to learn about new materials and modalities, she earned a welding certificate from AB Tech. At Pisgah Banjos, Sulli is building rims, welding tension hoops and learning about the banjo building process. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her animals, tending to the numerous plants around and inside her home, making pottery, drawing, collecting books and vinyl, and experiencing life with her partner, Cierra.

  • 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.