In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a bamboo thunder drum. If you cant get hold of any bamboo don’t worry because you can make it with different materials such as wood, plastic or you can even use a cardboard tube.
- High power tape
- Metal spring
- Craft knife
- Bamboo tube
The first thing you’ll want to do is take a handsaw and trim the ends of your bamboo to make it the desired size, clean up the edges and remove the node ridge. Once the ends have been cut, you will now want to take a piece of sandpaper and sand all around the bamboo to remove any sharp edges and to make it smooth.
Fold the sandpaper and rotate the bamboo tube to clean up the inside of it. This will prevent splintering and make it more safe to use. To make a DIY drum head; place strips of the strong hold tape over one end of the bamboo cane and keep repeating this process until it is covered. You will need to ensure that the tape extends over by at least 4cms.
After you’ve done that you can take a sharp knife and score around the edge of the tape, then you will be able to peel the tape off to give a straight edge. Place a pin through the centre of the drum head to make a small hole then place the metal spring end into the hole and twist until you have secured a few threads. The drum is now ready to play and will produce a thunder sound. If you want you can use different coloured springs to make the instrument unique.
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