Rain Stick

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Project by dansnow posted 06-07-2013 06:21 PM 1263 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wandering through the videaos on Woodworking For Mere Mortals and found Steve’s video on a rain stick.
Mine is made from a 1 3/4” x 1 7/8” length of poplar a friend had given me. Ripped into slats it made a tube about 2” across and 40” long. Used 1/4” hardware clothg and long grain rice. The decorative bits and end caps are black walnut.

It really sounds great!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 07:16 PM

i don’t know how to use rain stick but i like light and dark wood joined together

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 07:19 PM

The rainstick is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus.

When you turn it up vertically, the rice flows down through the tube making a sound like falling rain. They are made of all sorts of materials, and use rice, beans or small pebbles falling past thorns or wires inside to make the noise.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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