This is my first drum. It is a mass produced Aluminium Tabla (darabuka) made in Egypt with a 275 mm dia. head, 215mm dia. across the skin, 425mm height. This drum produces a variety of sounds. These can be bought from Zahira's Belly Dance Bazaar.

The first sound is the Dum - flat hand in the middle of the drum. Tek - use the tips of fingers to strike the rim of the drum. Slap - using a cupped hand strike the drum between the rim & center of the skin letting your hand stay on the skin momentarily. Poc - rest your right hand in the centre of the skin in a cup shape with your little finger resting firmly on the skin while striking the rim of the drum with your left hand to produce a poc sound. There are other variations of all these sounds that experenced players use.



This is actualy the second djembe that I have made. The first one developed a large heart crack down the whole length of the drum.This drum is made from a peppermint gum tree. It started with a 325mm head when the wood was green and shrunk down to 250mm by 570mm tall when it had dried out. The head of the drum is a goat skin with the fur left on round the rim and to finish it off I have burnt a tassie tiger into shell of the drum. This drum has a loud doom for the size of the head.



This is No. 3 and the first carving I have put on one of the drums that I have made. The tassie devil was traced from a picture on a post card. This drum is made from the trunk of a blackwood tree. It is a nice dark hardwood. This one had a 350mm head when green and shrunk down to 315mm by 570mm tall. The goat skin for this drum has all the fur removed for a different look.


I've nicknamed this one the toilet drum because of its shape and the materials it is made out of. An old kitchen bowl forms the head of the drum which is bolted & glued to a 100mm sewerage elbow with a short peice of sewerage pipe glued into the elbow one end and flared out on the other end. To finish off and shape the outside surface I used papier - mache' and then plastered over the top and sanded the drum smooth. A ring of 1/2" copper tube was glued to the rim of the drum to add strength and a smooth edge for the goat skin to stretch over.



This is a small Fijian style drum only 400mm long. It is made from blackwood. This drum is played with two hardwood sticks and still produces a large sound for its size. Normally these drums would be carved out of the trunk of a tree and would be about 1500mm long. Two people can play the larger version of this drum at the same time which sounds really good.


I call this drum the Cloud because of colours on the goat skin. This drum is made from the trunk of a blackwood tree. It is a nice dark hardwood. This one has a 330mm head by 600mm tall. The goat skin for this drum has all the fur removed for a different look.

This one is for sale for $450.00



This drum is made from a flower pot and a short length of PVC pipe(flared at both ends) glued together and painted. The skin is a REMO Weatherking Ambassador 250mm dia. from the local drum shop. The drum produces a nice doom and a high tone.

This one is for sale for $120.00 SOLD


This drum is also made from a flower pot and a short length of PVC pipe glued together and painted. A 45 deg. PVC elbow and pipe with flare has been fitted to the bottom of the drum. The skin is a REMO Weatherking Pin Stripe 250mm dia. from the local drum shop. The drum produces a nice doom and a high tone.

The flower pot on this drum collapsed when the drum was over tightened. The other one above was a better shape (goblet) and and held under tensioning.



This is my second Tabla (darabuka) made in Egypt with a 275 mm dia. head, 215mm dia. across the skin, 425mm height. This drum produces a variety of sounds.





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