Hi ya'l, ... here's one that goes way back....Very Rare Banjo Gourd.. (Cucurbita foetidissima), also known as a banger gourd, has the perfect size and shape for making home-made banjos, much like the original gourd banjos made in West Africa and brought to this country by slaves. How much fun would it be to make such an instrument? Requires a growing season - 110 days! And sufficient seasoning to produce the hard shell body. It is well-established that it was the African slaves in America who invented the gourd banjo and defined the early playing styles on this significant musical instrument in American history..... Fun Fact: The gourd banjo pre-dates the tackhead and minstrel banjos by at least a century. .