How to make an original drum - Senegalese Style
I visited a local drum factory in Dakar, Senegal. I made this instructable of the process that I saw.
However, this is not a step by step instructable but it will give you a general idea and almost all the steps to make a drum as they do in Senegal.
some welding required
wood sanding tools
varnish ( lighter and darker preferred)
Step 1: Cut a piece of wood
this should not be done without supervision of an adult.
Step 2: Carving in the center
getting the wood and shape
Step 3: Example
you carve in the center of the wood piece, calculating the size that you want your drum to be.
Step 4: Lots of sanding
Sanding lots of sanding
Step 5: Sanding the shape
After all the sanding, the drum should look like this.
Very smooth and the circular edges are well made.
Step 6: Varnish
it is recommended that you use two varnishes one that is lighter and one that is darker, ( first you apply one and after you apply the other one) however it is fun to experiment and to make it your own style.
Step 7: Paint and then sand it again
sometimes you can paint it and then sand it again to make your desired color.
Step 8: Drawings
You can get inspiration from magazines, or you can make your very own drawings to put in your drum
Step 9: Making the drawings
With ink or acryclic you can apply the drawings to the wood or you can also carve first the designs and then you can paint on top of them.
Step 10: The leather
After leaving the leather in water for a while, you should remove it ( be careful it smells) hang it for a little bit to remove the water.
Step 11: Removing the leather's hair
Use a razor to remove the hair.
it is totally up to you if you want to leave hair on the edges for decoration, however it will affect the sounds of your drums.