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Hi we went to a full moon circle this friday and there were some homemade drums. I would like to make some from recycled stuffs. Any ideas? Or suggestions for non recycled too. Thank you! Or any other instruments?
 
Matthew Fallon
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i was at one as well,
i've made native frame drums in 8/12 sides, i want to expand into staved drums this year.we'll see

are you a woodworker?woods easy to salvage/recycled.
you might look into ceramic drums. either hand forming or throwing on a potter's wheel. i'd love to do that as well but dont have room in the shop for everything. i'll talk to a potter friend when i'm ready for more.
only thing you cant really salvage afaik is the skin(unless it's a wood skin like cajon drums)

as a flutemaker. i might suggest (with bias!) that you try working with bamboo for simple system flutes.
since youre in florida you can find some huge diameter bamboo there, 10} or more maybe, that'd even make a decent drum i think./fun to play around with anyway'.
 
                              
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Thank you and yes bamboo is a plenty here. A digaradoo<sp> was at the circle too. Can you make them outta bamboo. Guess I'd better get to looking on websites too.
 
Matthew Fallon
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yes you cn, out of larger diameter stuff. ive made a few . formt he mouth piece from one of the nodes/joints. and heat-cure it or dry it out completely,otherwise wont resonate well. there are vids on youtube i think
 
T. Joy
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I made two but at a drum making workshop so I am no help whatsoever except to relay that it was really fun, very easy (except for when my dress got sucked up into the sander) and with lovely results. I don't know why I took that class since I don't drum at all... maybe so I could give the nice gift of a handmade instrument away to two beloved people who are musical.
 
Mary James
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LOL guess it is  recycled in a way,,
    I used to make pow wow and stick game drums.The hand held ones that many use are pretty simple to put together.It is much easier to learn this as one works with a skilled person then to explain on a forum.You can buy kits for making these as well.
    I used to make them with hollowed cedar logs as well as hoop methods using branches.I also brain tanned hides so I had quit an unlimited amount of elk and deer hides for  this kind of use.Different sizes ,depth and different types of animal hides create different drumming sounds..If your looking to build one from bottom up then making the rawhide is the largest amount of work.
Here is a link that may help to explain it much quicker then I can.
http://www.aaanativearts.com/article378.html
 
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