Video by Mat Johnson

John “JD” Dennis ’79—co-founder of Hickory Street Banjo and maker of sought-after hand-crafted banjos—is emphatically, unabashedly, not a musician. But he is devotee of process and a craftsman.
Together with his longtime friend—and musician— David Frenzel, they carefully create banjos for musicians from all over. Hear Frenzel play some music on their most recently made banjo, and some of their story: