Cougar Gold Canjos
Concept Image

These canjos cans (body) are created from Cougar Gold made from Washington State University Creamery. The neck and head of the canjo is make from maple. Bridge, tailpiece, and nut are made from black walnut.

Maple Leaf was created with Autodesk 3d Studio Max 2019 as an object file. At this part of the process, we imported the 3d model into a CNC machine and used a 1/8-inch engraving bit to carved the shape of the head with a block of maple. Thereafter, traditional sanding techniques are used to finish the product.

The neck of the canjo was created with a block of maple and sanded with various tools by Jon Manwaring. The lettering, “Coug Canjo” has been laser cut with a Full Spectrum Laser. To prevent burring around each of the letters, only 40% of the total 90 watts were used.

Work In Progress

Canjo headstock
Canjo headstocks
Canjo neck
Canjo necks

Applications Used

  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2019
  • VCarve Pro 8.5


  • CNC Shopbot 24”x 18” Desktop
  • Full Spectrum Laser 90 watts – 24” x 16”


Jon Manwaring


Jon Manwaring and Chris Lavoie

If you have any questions about this product or technology feel free to contact Chris Lavoie at or Jon Manwaring at