Long ago I was a member of my high school’s Drum Circle where we played African drums. As a college student, that’s one of the things Build your own hammer mill pdf miss most.
You can find a cheap one for around 200 US dollars. But what would be the fun in that? The problem is drums and mallet percussion instruments like the Marimba and Timpani are very large, very expensive, and about waist high. So other non-percussionists frequently mistake them for tables.
This Djembe is going to fix that problem by doubling as a table. This is an easy fix, all you have to do is place a glass top on it.
First you have to decide what “build” means to you. To me it means carve up a tree myself. However, if you prefer you can buy ready made djembe shells from suppliers such as African Rhythm Traders. If this is the best option for you, you can skip the next few steps of the instructable.
However this instructable will focus on making the shell, and I’ll refer you to some other sources for tying the ring knots and verticals. If you are going to carve up a tree to make your djembe, there are a few good things to look for. In my search, I looked for a tree which had already fallen. If the tree has been down for some time, worms will have already started decomposing the material by burrowing holes in the material.
This can be fixed later, so don’t let that scare you. Regardless of the tree’s condition, try to get material from as close to the base as possible.
For one, the diameter is larger, which will allow for a larger drum. I suggest you section off 2 or 3, 40 inch lengths to make your drum out of. 40 inches leaves plenty of work room and the additional logs can be used to make more drums, or as backup material. Once you have your logs, you’ll need to stand them upright somewhere outside to air dry.