Local woodcarver to present Obama with handmade banjo


HICKORY, N.C. - A Hickory woodcarver will get to meet the president after he spent weeks making a banjo for him.

The instrument is nicknamed Bluegrass One.

Carver Eddie Hamrick made the banjo out of maple and walnut.

It has the American flag and the presidential seal on it.

He said he has carved gifts for five different presidents who have visited North Carolina while in office.

“I wanted to thank the president and the Democrats for choosing North Carolina and showing that the Charlotte area is a world-wide place, and that our craftsmen and our people can compare with anybody in the world,” Hamrick said.

Hamrick said he can’t tell Chanel 9 exactly when he will get the banjo to the president because of security concerns.