Djembe Meticulous

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Project by Olaf Gradin posted 04-10-2013 03:31 AM 1753 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent far too long on this project, but only because I dreaded rushing it!

The drum shell is turned Cherry (stave-construction). Like my other project like this, I didn’t build the shell – they come from a buddy of mine that has the process down to smooth workflow. I put about 16 hours into the designing and burning of the shell. I stopped worrying about the time when I was applying gold leaf and finishing it. It has about 6 light coats of poly that built into a nice gloss. If I did another one like this, I’d have applied the poly up to the last one or two coats before doing the gold leaf. For one, the glue wouldn’t be absorbed so readily by the wood, and for another, the leaf would retain more shean without as much poly covering it. You have to cover it, however, as the leaf is very easy to scratch from the surface.

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 03:48 AM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 11:07 AM

Nice, sorry to correct but this is simply a hand drum. A traditional djembe is hand carved from a solid section of tree trunk. It is a nice drum with djembe styling, both you and your friend did nice work.

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 12:35 PM

You are correct in that this is not a traditional djembe, though I would not go as far as to agree completely with your statement. The djembe wasn’t born and named as such for its construction, but for its purpose. it is probably worth a nod that the Malinke djembe has come a long way since its roots and perhaps special designation for its extra-African counterparts are due. I fully endorse the practice of stave constructed djembes if for nothing else, for their eco-friendly use of wood. Unfortunately, there is a huge dependency on machinery and its techniques to produce consistently qualitative stave drums.

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#4 posted 04-12-2013 02:48 PM

Great wood burning skills. Like the beautiful pattern, created a great accent to the djembe as well as the gold leaf. Great job!

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