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Doc's Banjos is a family business located in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains south of Dallas, Oregon. Doc and his wife Florisel build the banjos and run the business while children Natalia, Warner, and Jasper often test the durability of the instruments. Patrick Doc Huff got his nickname as an Army Combat Medic in Vietnam at the age of 17. Doc's experience with war casualties, tropical medicine, and indigenous peoples while serving in Vietnam inspired him to become a doctor, and ultimately led him back into full-time refugee and disaster work in developing countries. In the 1980s, Doc began doing socio-humanitarian work in the major refugee situations around the world. Providing refugee and disaster relief in 14 different countries over the years as a volunteer, Doc ultimately left his rural practice in the states to do full-time work overseas. Doc studied Tropical Medicine at the University of London in 1998, then went back out into the world, spending 10 years doing socio-humanitarian work and tropical medicine. In 2008, Doc and his family returned from West Africa to build banjos full time--a much safer passion. (After 10 years of full-time indigenous tropical medicine and sustainable development, Doc just couldn't see himself in a stateside clinic). A woodworker since youth, Doc became intimately familiar with the quality hardwoods he encountered while working in the tropics. Docs banjos are designed and destined to become heirlooms.
Patrick Huff's work is stellar; the man's dedication to carving, intonation, and innovation is astounding. These banjos are a category unto themselves, and his family business model is a successful, if sadly rare these days, example of down to earth woodworking.
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