|Project by Druid||posted 12-09-2014 06:41 PM||1299 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Here’s a somewhat “older” project that I simply have not taken the time to post. So, finally, here is my Ashiko drum that I made in 2002. It was created during a weekend-long drum workshop, with lots of fun and drumming thrown in.
The drum shell was built up from tapered slats which were edge glued, rolled into shape using tape, and then “clamped” by means of metal rings being snugged down towards the larger end while the shell was positioned upside down. The rings were used later as part of the drum head, and as the lower roping ring. Nice that no fancy clamping system was required.
Once the glue had dried, the outside was hand shaped (plane and sanding) to get a smooth, round, final shape. The second photo shows the interior where you can see the flat surfaces of the slats. Photo 3 shows my signature and date of 2002, and this was written BEFORE glue-up so that it could be done more easily.
The actual head is rawhide, and the rope is a low-stretch type so that the tension will not gradually change. If you make one of these, remember to round over the top rim where the rawhide contacts the wood. The drum has a rich deep tone that I really love.
Altogether a fun project, and the drum is still in top condition.
-- John, British Columbia, Canada