English Walnut - Lacewood Drum (Cojone)

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Project by Wes Bunch posted 02-07-2011 04:37 PM 3212 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a pair of Cajon drums I made for my two sons – David Marks did a show about the history of the instruments and it was a pretty interesting part of American history. – Slaves would play drums in the evening and the slave owners, afraid they would use them to communicate, outlawed drum playing and destroyed the drums. The slaves then would modify cotton crates and use them for drums. When the owners came around they would just throw them in the pile until the owners left.

The “skin” is 1/8 Baltic birch and I veneered lace wood to give some character to the top. The bottom is Baltic 1/4 inch ply with a sound hole cut in the center. The timber varies greatly on the drum, low notes toward the center and higher notes toward the edges. The corners have a very high pitch. The frames are english walnut finger jointed and ilayed with purple heart. They have way more range than a bongo. We have a couple of friends that are drummers and they get a kick out of playing them in unison. Amazing sound for something so simple!

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 05:21 PM

Welcome to LJ!

Nice cajon table.

You´re gonna have a Cajon chorus all the time !! If is not one son, will be the other, o even worse, both of them, LOL

Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 07:18 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Wes!

I’ve seen that show and have had it in the back of my head to make one of these myself. I played drums for about 10 yrs. Nice work on the drum table!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 11:11 PM

I wonder if they would/could play on your drums at Native American PowWows? Looks beautiful, Wes.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 11:29 AM

Nice drum. I too watched the David Marks program on drums, he used bubinga for the sides and plywood for the top and bottom very simple design sounded great. Than you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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