Sogo drum 2.0 #1: Finished

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Project by kidi posted 10-11-2009 04:59 AM 3520 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I posted earlier this a copy of a Sogo drum from Ghana, Africa. The drum is traditionally carved from a trunk, but I used staves instead, 90 to be exact! The top and bottom are Maple and the center ring is Walnut. I used 1/8 inch black pipe tees painted silver for the posts to attach the drum head. Six modified eye bolts were connected to loops I created by weaving 3/16 nylon rope around a steel hoop. The drum is deer skin from Ghana. I used seal-a-cell clear and then used the Arm-r-seal topcoat for the finish.

The drum is one of about 20 I made this summer as prizes for students and to be used in my classroom for performances. I will be posting more in the next few days and then others throughout the next few months as I finish the drums.

I have also built some Marimbas for my student groups. You can check them out along with performances at

-- paul,

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#1 posted 10-11-2009 05:03 AM

Really cool

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#2 posted 10-11-2009 05:04 AM

This is different. Great finish!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-11-2009 07:43 AM

Sweet, I love the finish. Very nice craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 10-11-2009 08:30 AM

Wow! that’s nice.

-- Jon

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#5 posted 10-11-2009 09:53 AM

I love hand drumming. I have an ashiko. One of these years I will have to go to a proper class and learn how to play it well.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 01:12 AM

Wow!! that’s a nice drum, great work!

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