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Make a Cajón Drum

Presented by Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) at Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), Bainbridge Island WA

Aug 05 - 09 2019
Make a Cajón Drum

Make a sit-upon cajón drum — perfect for tapping out rhythms of Afro, Caribbean and Peruvian music — as you learn to use some of the key power tools in the BARN woodshop.

In Spanish, cajón means box, drawer or crate, reflecting the humble origins of  this instrument. Spanish colonies in the Americas, as well as some states in the United States, banned slaves from Africa from drumming because of fears that they might use the sounds as code to plan insurrections. As Article 36 of the Slave Code of South Carolina put it in 1740, “It is absolutely necessary to the safety of this Province, that all due care be taken to restrain Negroes from using or keeping of drums, which may call together or give sign or notice to one another of their wicked designs and purposes.” But the laws didn’t kill the beat; the slaves just made do by turning over boxes or taking drawers out of dressers and tapping the bottoms. Today, cajón drums enliven everything from impromptu street band performances to glittering stage shows.

In this class you will build your six-sided drum from high-quality Baltic birch plywood, using thinner material on the front. You will use the

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Find more information and register by clicking on the ticket link or call the registrar at 206-842-4475 x216. Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Contact: 206-842-4475 x216


Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)

8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Free parking is available onsite.


    • Wheelchair Access

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