Djembe Repair Instructions
How To Save Your Cracked
Cracked Djembe Shell
You've spotted a
crack in the shell of your djembe? You're not alone. Mensah, the djembe
repair specialist in West Africa, has to deal with cracks on a
is an organic, living material. Even when
worked into a drum, it still reacts to it's environment. Cracks are
just a natural result of that.
Fine hair-lines are nothing to worry about. But as soon as a
crack is deeper, you need to fix it. If not, your drum will eventually
split from bottom to top. And that would make it sound really, really
Fortunately, it's easy to fix. Let Mensah show you how:
- white glue
- a handful of sawdust
- medium to fine sandpaper
you prefer, look for professional wood filler. You might get
it in a do-it-yourself store or from your local carpenter. But
glue and sawdust will do the job.
- Pour a good amount of glue on a disposable
- Add the sawdust and mix thoroughly.
- Work this filler deeply into the crack
with your fingers.
- Clean the wood from excess filler as long as
it's still wet.
- If necessary, remove any residue with sandpaper.
This will fix the crack effectively. But you better make sure it doesn't happen again!
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Do your drum a big favor:
Learn some simple, effective tricks to prevent the shell from
cracking in the first place!
Mensah shares these and lots of other useful tricks in his
how-to guide with the members of African-Music-Safari.com.
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