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African Tongue drum; purpleheart and padauk

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Project by DocPremo posted 09-18-2016 03:01 AM 1181 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

African Tongue drum. Cut with a jig saw. Copied (and expanded) the tongue pattern from a picture I saw online. Splined the corners. 3/4 plywood screwed into the bottom; in case the girls drop something in it, it can be easily retrieved.

-- "Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the great renewer, ever makes up forms from other forms. Be sure there’s nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form."





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 03:59 AM

nice work Doc.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 12:29 PM

Very cool! How does it sound, and how did you get that color?

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 01:47 PM

Awesome project! I love the idea of handmade instruments. Do the tongues correspond well to a tuned note?

-- Martin, Twitter @IowaHomestead or Instragram @JenningsHomestead

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 06:28 PM

It’s a very nice instrument and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 08:50 PM

It is somewhat tuned. The inner six are tuned to a pentatonic scale, although not perfectly tempered. After this video was shot, I did some improvement of the smaller, higher-pitched tongues and they came out alright. I wanted to have it tune to an Indian Raag scale, but maybe that was a bit too ambitious.

https://www.facebook.com/seth.premo/videos/10154573440169989/

As for the wood color, that is the natural color of padauk and purpleheart.
Thanks, everyone.

-- "Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the great renewer, ever makes up forms from other forms. Be sure there’s nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form."

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 01:57 AM

Love seeing tongue drums, I made one a few years back. They are buggers to tune, as changing one note seems to change others since several ring together when hitting one.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 09:17 AM

What a great colour!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 08:58 PM

Gorgous. How did it turn out sounding?

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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