This is an instrument we made as a kid in western North Carolina out of produce crate slats. The design is a wee bit different but the effect is the same.
The ones we made as kids were kinda like paint stir sticks. We would take a couple of the thin slats off a produce crate and make one in three parts, two like paint stir sticks and one the length of the handle you wanted. Put that short piece in between the long ones and wrap the handle with electric tape and you had a primitive tapper. LOL. My tappers are one piece with a tension screw to adjust the distance between the two striking tapping parts. The closer they are adjusted the faster the action of the tapper. This is my addition to the original design.
Very cool. Looks like you could use paint stir sticks you get for free at the box stores. Good idea for the kids too, if they don't play nice you could always use it as a 'fanny whacker'....lol
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