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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I care for and re-tune a drum?

Download these care instructions.

Q: What type of skins are used to make your drums?

We use goatskin for all of our drums currently in production.

Q: Are the drums carved from a single piece of wood?

No. Our drums are made by a process involving gluing pre-cut wooden staves together to form the drum shell. This allows a much more efficient use of the available wood.

Q: How long does it take to make a drum?

Around 15 hours, but can be more or less depending on the drum characteristics.

Q: What type of wood is used to make your drums?

Currently just Basswood, with future plans to use Sassafras, Walnut, and other local woods.

Q: What types of repair are you able to do on Djembe drums?

Any traditional Djembe (strung with rope and goatskin head) that needs a new skin to replace a broken or damaged head, needs new rope-work done, or needs new metal rings welded can generally be repaired.

Q: How do I go about getting a drum repaired?

Submit an inquiry (click link in sidebar) for a quote and more information.

Q: How much does it cost to repair a Djembe?

We charge $20/ hr for repair work, plus cost of parts ($25– goatskin), ($5- per welded ring), ($5- new rope). Generally only new skin is needed (if rings and rope are intact) and it ends up costing around $60 total for replacing the skin. Plus you are responsible for shipping costs to/from Athens, Ohio.

Q: Is sales tax included in the price of purchasing a Djembe?

We include sales tax only for sales in Ohio.

Q: Are there stores where I can purchase one of your drums?

As of now these businesses carry our drums:

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