2011 Djembe with Polished Stainless Hardware

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Project by TheDrumMaker posted 01-16-2013 06:56 AM 2448 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two methods for Djembe construction.
One is made from three laminated-stave sections.(like the 2011 black walnut project)
This one (and the Quilted maple project) are my ’’D’’ series drums which are made from 16 laminated forms, that are bevelled to fit together. The outer layer here was some black walnut,then the second layer african mahogany,then the rest of the layers are douglas fir. Once I start to turn them on the lathe the inner woods start to appear as I get deeper in.
All the metalwork bending,welding,grinding,sanding,polishing is done in my little shop too.
This particular model can be easily tuned with a 3/8’‘wrench in sequence around the drum. Hardware takes me around 20+hrs to make but makes skinning it a breeze…( no rope to pull!!)
Even the insides of the ’’D’’ series are sanded and finished to allow better resonation and bass airflow.
The finishing on this one was like an old hot rod….Sanded to 600,hand wiped polyurethane into the pores then wet sanded and sprayed around 5- or 6 times with a day or two in between coats.
.....Hope you like.

-- .......If you build it, they will

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 07:32 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 01:41 PM

Really awesome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 02:35 PM

A masterpiece indeed! Strikingly beautiful! Shouts Quality workmanship!

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 02:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful – the finish is amazing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 03:11 PM

That is a gorgeous drum. Steel fittings has got to be easier to manage than knotting them. I’ve cramped up my hands more than a few times skinning my djembes.

How’s it sound?

Eh. nevermind. I know how it sounds. That thing sounds like a bell, doesn’t it.

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 03:32 PM

Beautiful wood , workmanship and finish.
What is the finish?

Well done!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 03:52 PM

Gorgeous in every respect!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 09:01 PM

That’s some impressive woodworking and artistry too, absolutely beautiful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 09:08 PM

Awesome piece! Shows great mastery of skills, talent and craftsmanship.


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#10 posted 01-17-2013 12:52 AM

Gorgeous !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 03:23 AM

That is a really good looking drum

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 03:24 AM

Beautiful wood and terrific workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 03:31 AM

Beautiful work,great workmanship.

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 03:39 AM

Looks awesome!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 05:09 AM

I don’t wanna work, just want to play, just want to bang on THAT drum all day! :)

Fantastic looking instrument. Love the hardware, too.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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