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A solid sound - Alumni Profiles
September 2013 Issue
A solid shell conga drum, or a drum made out of one piece of wood, is something extraordinary, explains Ryan “Manito” Wendel. Large sections of tree trunks—all harvested locally and sustainably—rest in piles outside of his Madison County wood shop, which forms the hub of Manito Percussion. Inside, a drum in progress sits on a lathe. As the outside is smoothed, unexpected colors emerge, caused by an early but undamaging stage of decomposition. The subtle blues, greens and red-oranges are beautiful, but it’s the never-seen hollow part that is the key to the drum’s sound. Think of sound waves. A traditional wooden drum is made up of staves, or pieces, which are made up of layers of plywood. The glue connecting the staves is more dense than the wood, forming a hard line interrupting vibrations. With a solid piece of wood, “you can get the wood to really sing, and every wood sounds really different,” says Wendel (BA ’99). Wendel is …
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