I finally got this custom djembe finished up. I’m extremely happy with the sound. This is the first deer skin I have put on a djembe. I had previously gotten some rawhide deerskin cleaned and shaved that I put on an ashiko drum, but I got this skin raw a few hours after the kill… so I had to flesh it out. Not the most fun process, but good experience to see what all goes into cleaning up a skin for a drum.
This djembe sounds great. This particular deer skin came from soon-to-be-owner of this djembe. In exchange from some deer skins I built this drum specifically for him.
The sound of this djembe is excellent. It could be cranked down tighter, but I really like the sound at this tension. The bass is nice and punchy, the slaps are quick and tight and the tones have some meat to them. All around it’s one of the best djembes I’ve built to date.
Be sure and check out the rest of this series ‘Custom Djembe w/Inlay‘ to see how this drum came together!