Founder Profile: Jim Zdunek

Founder: Jim Zdunek

banjo-player Jim is a retired analytical chemist and materials scientist. He approaches each of his creative endeavors as an experiment. His interests include music, art, and electronics and he is looking forward to getting together with other makers to share ideas.

As an example of his maker spirit, in 1969 he started building banjos out of old furniture which prompted an onlooker to paraphrase a quote from Michelangelo:

“In every piece of furniture Jim sees a banjo as plain as though it stood before him, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. He has only to hew away the hard woods that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as he sees it.”