A Djembe build from Start to Finish

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A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby KevBo » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:54 am

Hi guys, I got this drum build documented with photos and a video. Its Black Walnut wood and I take it from rough lumber to final djembe. Check it out!
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Check out this video as an overview, or jump over to my blog at http://www.rhythmhousedrums.com/blog/building-djembe-start-to-finish/ to see the full write up with more photos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ag8pg4fvg4c

Thanks for looking!
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby Jaisen Torres » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:48 am

VER , VERY , VERY NICE .... VERY IMPRESIVE WOODWORK ...
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby Jaisen Torres » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:49 am

KEVBO , is this your work ?
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby RitmoBoricua » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:00 pm

KevBo wrote:Hi guys, I got this drum build documented with photos and a video. Its Black Walnut wood and I take it from rough lumber to final djembe. Check it out!
VeganDjembeFinals.jpg

VeganDjembeFinalSeal.jpg

CustomVeganMetalCloseUp.jpg


Check out this video as an overview, or jump over to my blog at http://www.rhythmhousedrums.com/blog/building-djembe-start-to-finish/ to see the full write up with more photos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ag8pg4fvg4c

Thanks for looking!


Beautiful work. I was browsing your facebook and webpage the other day just amazing stuff. We have some top notch drum artisans on the east coast for sure. I saw that you were working on a conga prototype or something on your facebook. How is that coming along? Take Care
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby slinginit » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:24 pm

UN...BE...LIEVABLE!!! That must be the most beautiful djembe I've ever seen!!!! That walnut looks so good I want to eat it.
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby KevBo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:48 am

Thanks for your comments!

I am working on a set of congas, my trouble has been getting the hardware, as the shell is just a different form of what I already do. I have a few designs I'm happy with, I've just got to find the time to build them and see how they sound. Might be getting the hardware hook-up from Manito Percussion so that's looking positive!

I'll definitely keep this forum up to date on my progress with the conga drums. My background is with making djembes, but I've been feeling a pull towards the congas lately... I think a lot of it has to do with playing them more. I can go out to my shop at night and play the congas to my hearts content, however if I touch my djembe the whole neighborhood is at my door. :) The mellow tones are something I'm really digging that the djembe just isn't built for... and I'm really curious about using my sectional staves the way I build djembes, to build the congas. I know it's a totally different drum, and the last thing I want to do is a be known as the djembe builder that builds crappy congas. Too maybe guys that are great at one drum / style, start venturing into other hand drums... a lot of times it just hurts their image I think?? I don't know, I cringe when I see beautiful hand made congas and then start looking around and see they're also building run of the mill cajons or djembes that just totally miss the mark. So if it doesn't work for me, it doesn't work, but I'm excited to try and see where it can go. My biggest issue now is time. Gotta get caught up on my orders so I can "play" :)
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Re: A Djembe build from Start to Finish

Postby JohnnyConga » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:01 pm

Ok Im now gonna blow your mind..One of my Djimbe teachers in New York was Ritchie "Pablo" Landrum...who made a 3 PIECE DJIMBE FOR ME..THATS RIGHT IN 3 PIECES!....it was the loudest Djimbe i ever played and it is now owned by my buddy Kevin Ricard(tonight show percussionist)...here is a picture of it with my drums back in 1983..not the best pic of it..but I can tell u he used 'staples' to connect the slats, and his own 'secret glue' as he called it..but u can see the 3 sections of it...
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