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04/01/2020 - 12:19

Meticulous drum-making craft 

During festive seasons, in cultural and artistic activities and on the first day of a school year, the sounds of drums always bring jubilant sounds that echo in the vast sky…

To make the drums, the artisans must have skillful hands, experience and the skill to adjust the sounds so as to determine the resonance of the drums. The drums are often made of jackfruit wood, as it is less attacked by termites. The surface of the drum is made of buffalo or cow hide. A finished leather drum has to go through many stages, the most important one is the handling of the leather material, and the most difficult one is covering the drum’s surface with buffalo or cow hide.

There are not many drum-making facilities in Hue now. However, many people still look for buying the drums because of their sound quality as well as their beautiful and sophisticated drum designs.

Hue News would like to introduce a series of photos of Nguyen Khoa Huy, a photographer, about the meticulous drum-making craft, taken at the drum-making facilities in Hue city, Huong Tra town and Huong Thuy town.

Wood is cut according to the patterns

Assembling the body of the drum

Checking the tightness of the drum’s body

Stretching the buffalo or cow hide to make the drum’s surface to create resounding echo

Making the edge of the drum’s surface

Cleaning the drum’s surface

Carving patterns on the drum’s surface

Polishing the drum’s body

In the village communal houses, there are drums, which are nearly as tall as the drum users

The sizes and types of drums are diverse

The drums to be used in the festivals

The artisans pursuing the drum-making craft

The drum set often used in Hue royal court music

A foreign little boy is very interested in the drum in Duyet Thi Duong theater

By Hue News