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Can I use membrane (calf or goat?) skin head to make the thunder drum? I think I bought the wrong product at Cherokee. I maybe should have just bought the poly carbonate head and trimmed it. Which is the better product for making a thunder drum????
You can use goat rawhide or the polycarbonate sheet. There is no right or wrong. People are using both for making thunder drums. The poly is faster and easier to work with is one consideration. But it's really a matter of your choice.
Ron Swank's web site: http://risingsunflowerflutes.com/7201.html
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?