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Thunder Gourds

Wood burned Thunder gourds ( After I bought one kit from Ron Swank at the AZ Festival, I bought a whole bunch more springs from him) I am using plastic file folders for the drum and like the deeper sound they make.

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Comment by Diane Bruder on July 19, 2014 at 6:29pm
How big of holes are needed for the best sound? Can you make a bunch of little ones or a few big ones?
Comment by Diane Bruder on June 2, 2014 at 6:17pm

These are so cute. I have to make me some of these.

Comment by Heather Schmutzer on May 28, 2012 at 9:48am

Julie, I just thread 3 or 4 rows of the spring into the inside and dab with crazy glue.  Ron's springs are about 16 inches long and he prestretches them and mounts a weight on the end of each one.  He charges about $5.00 per spring. ...or $20 for kit with instructions, film and spring. I have looked for other springs but haven't found any better than he uses. Ron Swank's email is sunflowerflutes@yahoo .com

Comment by Julie Madden on May 27, 2012 at 9:59pm

How long should the spring be, and how much of the length of spring is on the inside of the gourd?

Comment by Christine Garrison on May 10, 2012 at 7:13am
Great job. I bought one at the AZ show also...you have got me thinking now... I better get in gear ha ha..
Comment by Heather Schmutzer on May 1, 2012 at 1:31pm

Linda, The coloured ones should be fine, just as long as one side is a little rough, to catch the glue. They would be pretty.

Comment by Vickie Seifert on May 1, 2012 at 11:20am

These are wonderful!

Comment by Linda Prince on May 1, 2012 at 7:02am

I bought some too Heather and haven't made the attempt at making one yet, so here's some motivation.  These are so fun and I really like the moose.  Thanks for the tip on the plastic folders as I like a deeper sound as well.  Wonder if the colored plastic folders would work well?

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