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Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:24 am

A friend of mine, Nadya who is an avid fan of Afro Cuban music & culture recently approached me to see if I would take on the repair and restoration of the guiro's she brought back from Cuba on one of her many study trips to the island.
Nadya often drops by live gigs & jams with several bands and is allowed to sit in on guiro or clave if there is not already a person allocated that instrument.
She uses a small gourd which is not very loud, when she realised that I grow and have carved and repaired many guiro's and chekere, she informed me she had 2 larger ones at her house which she had since retired to the shelves due to cracks and damage sustained in transit and over the years...

I took on the 2 gourd project, not only repairing the cracks, but giving them a full restoration and overhaul... Below are the pics...

Comments welcomed :)

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Enjoy!

Ive enjoyed repairing many instruments lately, these guiros presented a challenge.
Welding and bending bells back into shape and painting them was easy, I enjoyed the challenge of these gourds and am very happy witht he finished result, I return them to Nadya tommorrow night at an afrocuban/latin jazz jam night I am playing at.
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Crack 1
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Crack 2
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Crack 3
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Inner shot before scrapage
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1st chunk out
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Guts out
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inner shot
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crack length shot 1
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Gourd 2 imperfection chunk
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Gourd 2 rear crack
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Gourd 2 - front
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Compression to keep bonding secure
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Gourd 2, tape removed, repair phase 1
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repair phase 1, gourd 2
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Gourd 1 - repair phase 1
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Re: Guiro repair, restoration & overhaul - 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:12 pm

few more shots........
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After wood glue dried and bonded, clear 2 part wood epoxy resin applied.
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inner shot gourd 1
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Gourd 1, epoxy applied.
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gourd 2 - epoxy
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Guiro 1, with sealant lacquer applied.
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Rear shot gourd 1, lacq. applied.
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Gourd 2
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Gourd 2 side shot, drying coat 1
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Gourd 2, layer 2 drying
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1 & 2 drying
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Re: Guiro repair, restoration & overhaul - 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:33 pm

and some more.....
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Gourd 1 drying out
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Gourd 2, completed
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Gourd 2, posing with the Classics
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Gourd 2, showing repaired crack, and imperfection filled with clear epoxy resin.
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Gourd 1 - completed
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Gourd 1 rear. Epoxy dries rubber like, soft to touch, yet very firm & flexible bond. Super hard wood glue underneathe.
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another shot of rear of gourd 1
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Re: Guiro repair, restoration & overhaul - 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:03 pm

and a few more....
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Inside gourd 1, sealed & coated
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1 & 2 posing with classics
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1 & 2 up close
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I like the effect in this image....
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1 & 2 up close again
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Gourd family chillin out
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I added a cassette tape so you can get an idea of size... size does matter!!! hahahaha
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I may have some gourd issues...
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more...
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another shot
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The big members of the family
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2 future projects.. will get around to them in summer, taking too long to dry now in winter.
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby seisporocho1 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:47 am

great job Abakua!
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby bongosnotbombs » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:19 am

Nice stuff there for sure! Good work bringing those
guiros back to life!
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby CongaTick » Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:45 pm

Your attention to detail and craftsmanship say so much about your approach and view of your passion for the music and everything connected with it. Thanks for the great pix sequence you so often provide us. .
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:00 pm

Thankyou for the positive comments guys, I returned the guiros to Nadya tonight, she was blown away with the finished result!!!

CongaTick wrote:Your attention to detail and craftsmanship say so much about your approach and view of your passion for the music and everything connected with it. Thanks for the great pix sequence you so often provide us. .



Thankyou! Im glad you dug it brother.
I actually reposted the thread on the step by step process of carving up a guiro... I think you might like it. I posted it up last night, check it out here:

http://www.mycongaplace.com/forum/eng/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4884





Enjoy! :)
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby KING CONGA » Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:58 am

Marcelo great job on those restoration projects. What did you use to bond them back together?
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:11 am

KING CONGA wrote:Marcelo great job on those restoration projects. What did you use to bond them back together?


Gracias bro.
I first used a very strong liquid glue for wood, and added the compression via masking tape.
Once dried, I used a clear 2 part epoxy resin glue for wood. Very strong bonding, with a gel like dried finish, leaving a clear rubber like finish over the top. Its flexible but super strong.
Then over the top of this I applied 4 layers of exterior application wood clear. (Internals were only coated twice)
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby yambu321 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:32 am

NOW THIS IS AN EXCELLENT POSTING.

ABAKUA, GREAT WORK BRO!
IT'S A PLEASURE TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SUCH A HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL IN YOUR WORKMANSHIP!

NICE!

CHARLIE. 8)
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby ABAKUA » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:43 am

Gracias Charlie. :)
Did you get a chance to check out my other thread on how I made my guiro's? Its in the "Other Instruments" forum.
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby slinginit » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Very nice work! I like that you're bringing these instruments back to life! :)
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby Thebreeze » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:10 pm

Excellent work ABAKUA ! Hard to believe that they are the same Guiros. They need to send you over to Egypt so you can help restore some of those messed up Mummies they pull from those Tombs. Great work.
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Re: Guiro repair & restoration customer Project- 56K beware!

Postby TomLee » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:10 am

Truly nice creativity ! Really you are blessed with extraordinary skills that make everyone to praise you !Keep it up man !!!
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