The djembe

Djembe Reskinning - Making loops in the metal rings

Note: This only needs to be done if the existing rope on the rings is old or has freyed. If your rope is fine move on to Making the drum head.

Undo the existing rope and any cloth or grip that has been used underneath it. These strips of cloth allow the rope better grip on the ring. Replace this using a long strip of new cloth or rubber grip such as that used on tennis or squash racquet handles, as you'd find in sports stores.

Wind the cloth or rubber around the ring and tie off or tuck away any loose end.

The loops in the rings

The rope loops on the top ring should eventually look like this. They are a series of cow hitches (knots).

The loops in the bottom ring need to be done with the metal ring still around the waist (it usually isn't meant to come off) , which makes it a bit more tricky.


How to make the loops on the large (top) ring

Step 1: Starting at one end of the rope, thread it around the ring as shown.


Step 2: Thread another loop as shown.


Step 3: Tighten the knot and repeat the process, slowly working your way around the ring.

Important! Make the same number of loops in the top and bottom rings, and stick within the 22-30 limits on regular sized drums.

When you reach the other end of the rope, tie the two ends to each other in a reef knot/square knot, shown below.


How to make the loops on the small (bottom) ring

The loops in the small ring are a mirror image of the loops in the top ring. The process is the same, but we provided illustrations below to help.

Step 1: Remove the old rope completely. Starting at one end of the rope, thread it around the ring as shown.


Step 2: Thread another loop as shown.


Step 3: Tighten the knot and repeat the process, slowly working your way around the ring.

Remember to make the same number of loops in the top and bottom rings, and stick within the 22-30 limits on regular sized drums.

When you reach the other end of the rope, tie the two ends to each other using the reef knot.



Now continue to Making the drum head.