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Nancy, I began my journey with thunder-gourds with information from J. D. Thompson's site...he gives the very basics, but that's what I needed at the time. I appreciate the fact that Jim gave sources and specifics in his info.
or type in thunder gourds J. D. Thompson (Google) and that should get you there.
I have posted some of my thunder work on GAE - enjoy. Marty
I have made an ocean drum which is really cool. The ocean is metal "shot" inside the gourd. The gourd has a drum head so you can play it as a drum or rock it back and forth and it sounds like an ocean
Has anyone experienced a finished Thunder Gourd that sounds flat? Or just doesnt reverberate? This year I've made a lot of Thunder gourds. But I've had 3 or 4 that just didnt sound good when finished. I've tried replacing the skin, shrinking the drum head longer to make it tighter, creating larger areas for sound to escape. I've even ruled out cracks and uneven bottoms, but to no avail. What is really strange is that they have all been bottle gourds and they all "looked" beautiful (not my words, but a fellow artist). I cant figure out what it is. Has anyone else had experiences like these and what have you found to prevent or fix the problem?
Debby, good morning - sometimes a thunderdrum gourd just " won't ". But I question the shrinking process - your product (acrylic sheeting) does need to have movement. Do you "shrink" with heat all of your acrylic sheeting. If you are using the product Shrinky Dinks - it says to heat shrink if you are using them for a child's art project - but those creating thunderdrum gourds do NOT shrink them - use them as they come from the package. If it is any consolation, I just finished a 'nice' one, but it sounds like a tin bucket...............................may just scrap it for pieces. Hope you do have a good day. Marty
Marty, I always heat shrink my thunder drum heads. I use the poly carbonate sheets I buy from Ron Swank in Idaho and shrink them with a heat gun. The poly sheet kind of bubbles up a bit but as it cools it shrinks back down to flat and tight. The tone improves with the shrinking. Any kind of drum needs a tight head to reverberate the sound, even goat rawhide and cow rawhide. Those drummers usually keep a spritz bottle of water handy to "retighten" their drum heads.