Making Gourd Musical Instruments

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Sterling Publishing Company, Mar 1, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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Pluck them, bang them, shake them, and blow into them! These instruments—from wood temple gongs to water drums and stamping tubes—produce every type of joyful noise. Make a fun “gourd orchestra” of rattles, like a Mesoamerican Indian rain stick and African shekere; a Caribbean guiro; a gorgeous mbira or thumb piano; and friction drums that wail or roar. There are instruments from near and far, from the unusual to the familiar banjo and guitar. Tips on choosing, cleaning, and sealing a gourd, and decorating and playing the finished instrument, help to create beautiful music.

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wonderful book

User Review  - sams48 -

They are probably sold out by now. This is an awesome fantastic book. I have made a lot of stuff out of gourds. I'm normally not that impressed with gourd books but this one is perfect in every way ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kris - Goodreads

I was looking for a book to teach me how to make a shakere (hollow gourd with a beaded netting). This book walked me right through the process in words and photos, and it turned out quite well. There ... Read full review


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Ginger Summit Ginger Summit is a founding member and vice president of the California Gourd Society and a spokesperson who travels to libraries and convention to promote gourds as art forms. Summit has written Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardner and The Complete Book of Gourd Craft: 22 Projects, 55 Decorative Techniques, 300 Inspirational Designs.

Jim Widess and Ginger Summit are the best-selling authors of "The Complete Book of Gourd Craft" and "Making Gourd Instruments". Jim has a zeal for visual instruction for crafts. Since 1980, he has authored and co-authored over a dozen craft books on subjects including gourd crafting, chair caning, basket weaving and various Hawaiian crafts.

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