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Clothing: drum making workshop

Friday, 21 October, 2011 to Sunday, 23 October, 2011
Sari Koopman
Asta Siurua
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
10 Participants

The workshop was designed and conducted by Pirjo-Riitta Haimila who is an expert in ancient arts and crafts.

There were 10 participants in the workshop:
Herukka-Korkala Eija, Honkanen Pirjo, Hökkä Kyösti, Keränen Eija, Koopman Sari, Kutilainen Hannele, Laitinen Tuula, Leskelä Jarmo, Siurua Asta, Vuorialho Sini

The goal was to familiarize with ancient arts and crafts as well as the history of the drum.

Friday, 21st October, 6 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.
On the first day, the participants learned about the history of the drum and the materials used in drum making. After the introductory lection, the participants chose a suitable drum frame (made of aspen) and started to work it. There were frame s of different sizes and they were either oval or round in shape. The frames were worked with knives and abrasive paper with the aim of getting a “feel” of the drum, and to finish it so that there would be no sharp edges or uneven surfaces.

Saturday, 22nd October, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The participants chose themselves a reindeer hide of suitable size according to the size of the frame. The hides were naturally tanned. First, a circle bigger than the frame was drawn on the skin, after which the skin was cut in shape. After cutting, the skin was placed in lukewarm water to soak for about 1-2 hours.
The dyeing of the skin took place in the reconstructed Stone Age Village. The materials used in dyeing (plants and cones) were picked from nature. The dyeing liquid was boiled for a couple of hours after which the skins were soaked in it.
After dyeing the skins and preparing the frames for attachment of the skin, the participants stretched the skin over the frames and attached it using different techniques. The drums were left to dry over night.

Sunday, 23rd October, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
During the night, the drums had dried and new patterns showed up on the surfaces. The next step was to find a good handle for the drum, and attach it on the backside. The drum sticks were manufactured by felting technique.

Other remarks
Feedback from the participants showed that they were very pleased with the content and the outcomes of the workshop.