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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Adhesive needed for damp rawhide

hushnel
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Mar 3rd, 2018 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I took on a project replacing the goat skin head on a bodhran. I didn’t consider using an adhesive until I removed the old skin. It was on the instrument for years and many different climates from Australia, to Ireland to Florida. An adhesive was used to hold the skin tight against the bent wood ring, it was still really tacky and caused the rawhide to split as I removed it.

I’m thinking it was some kind of contact cement used to keep the skin tight as it was tacked down.

Anyone have any idea or recomendation for a product that can do this?

Mick Reid
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Mar 3rd, 2018 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think they use leprechaun snot on those.



:^)

Sorry, I’m no help at all here...


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Mar 4th, 2018 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmm. I think bodhran skins are applied in an identical manner as calf skin banjo heads: soak the skin in warm water for about 20 minutes, lay it flat on a towel to press out the excess water, and then stretch it over the hoop and tack it down.

It shrinks as it dries and tightens up nicely.

hushnel
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Mar 4th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve done that with gourd drums, gourd banjo ukes, I’m sure it’ll work for the bodhran too. Most of the research I’ve done recommends not stretching it, rather let it slightly sag as you even out the tension. One guy recommends to just use rubber bands to attach it, let it dry, then wet it again if the tuning needs adjustment. If and when the tuning is OK then tack it down and cover it with strapping then the upholstery tacks. My concern is primarily getting the tuneing of the skins tension in the ballpark, not too high or too low, to allow a bit of mid range for humidity effecting the tone. I think this may be the way to approach it.

I have a buddy card weaving a Celtic pattern strap for it. It should look and sound better than it was previously.

hushnel
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Mar 4th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

That’s weird, it posted itself twice.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 04:46 PM, Mar 4th, 2018)

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Mar 4th, 2018 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Worth repeating (-;

RicOkc

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Mar 5th, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try this.....

How to install a skin banjo head

hushnel
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Mar 5th, 2018 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, StewMac, I should of checked. It’s totally different attachment proceedure but the ideal to make a bracket to hold the head rim is a great one and I’ll incorperate it into this progect.

I picked up a bunch of 12” rubber bands today at OfficeMax. That will allow me to adjust the head tension for optimal tone/tuning before I tack it down.

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