How do I turn raw animal skin into a hand drum head?
November 30, 2006 10:11 AM Subscribe
How do I prepare animal hides for use as the skin of a hand drum such as a djembe?
posted by davey_darling to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am wanting to build some hand drums of various styles, starting with a djembe.
I have absolutely no problems with creating the drum shell start to finish and building a system to hold/tension the skin.
What I am having trouble wrapping my mind around is how to go from animal hide (raw, just sliced off of the deer) to something that I can mount on the drum?
Does the leather have to be "tanned"? Just dried? What stops it from rotting or turning gross when it gets moistened by sweat on the players hands?
I have googled around and have not come up with anything really satisfactory.