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Show us your gourd builds!

Show us your gourd builds!

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a good source for gourds?

Started by Darren "Big Daddy" Dukes. Last reply by Dena Lee Sep 19, 2012. 8 Replies

I have tried growing my own for this very purpose, not had any luck getting anything useable... I have tried buying them on Ebay.... and WOW the folks that can grow them are proud of them!! Tired…Continue

I've done a few.

Started by Michael P Barclay. Last reply by William H. Bonny Apr 14, 2012. 1 Reply

Of course I started with simple projects;…Continue

CAUTION: Gourds are Addictive!

Started by Dan DeBruler. Last reply by Wade Jan 10, 2011. 2 Replies

I first got interested in gourd instruments after an African music  demonstration at an International Folk Festival. Since then, we've followed every possible lead to keep affordable gourds on the…Continue

Tags: mbira, shekere, kalimba, gourd

My Gourd Guitar - Process and Product

Started by Brian Parks. Last reply by Dan DeBruler Jan 9, 2011. 2 Replies

I completed a gourd guitar back in the Fall of 2010 and it's still one of my favorite builds.  Here's some of the updates I made along the way and view of the final product:    Continue

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Comment by bairfoot cajun on January 10, 2011 at 2:01pm
Comment by legnahkra on January 10, 2011 at 12:41am
my little contribution..!
Comment by Alan Roberts on January 10, 2011 at 12:11am
The hosho are Zimbabwean musical instruments consisting of a pair of Maranka gourds with seeds. They typically contain hota (Canna indica) seeds inside them. Maranka is called "Cavemans Club" here in the US. I used a hole cutter to make a nice large hole, cleaned out the crud inside, put a handful of corn in each, and closed it up with a large cork. Nice thing about these is that it's hollow all the way back in the thin part. By tipping them back, you can put half the corn in the handles. It's like having a "volumn" knob on them.
Comment by Alan Roberts on January 10, 2011 at 12:08am


I tied a leather cord around the neck and thinner hemp strings. The strings were tied to the cord using a lark's head knot, and I just used a simple overhand knot to tie two strings together. Knot, add a bead to each string, knot... I then did two knots, two beads just to make it look interesting. I gathered all the strings at the end and tied another overhand knot. I'm making a new one where the top of the gourd is cut off. Should be a LOT louder.
Have you seen the book "Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them" by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess?

Comment by jim on January 9, 2011 at 9:32pm
Comment by jim on January 9, 2011 at 9:31pm
Comment by Buttermilk Music aka Norm on January 9, 2011 at 5:57pm

My wife, kids and I drove down a few years ago to the Mt. Gilead gourd festival... you might try googling about them and make some contacts there! They are freakin' gourd crazy there. There are more gourd vendors there than you can shake a stick at... not kidding on that one!!



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