Our Master Series Bougarabou Shells are hand selected from the very best offered by our favourite carvers in West Africa. We only choose shells with immaculate timber, beautiful grain, and excellent symmetry. They must also be 90% heartwood or more, so that they provide the best possible projection and volume. Once they arrive in our shop, these shells receive the full treatment. First they are sanded to a smooth finish, with extra attention paid to the bearing edge. Some receive decorative tacks to add some sparkle, and others will have a protective rubber foot added to the base. Lastly, they are given several coats of natural oil to protect them from the elements and bring out the best of their beautiful grain. After that, it’s up to you to give them the voice you’ve always dreamed of.
This Master Series Bougarabou Shell was hand carved from Lenke timber. Lenke is a premium djembe timber, striking the balance between density and weight. Often referred to as the spiritual wood, lenke is typically orange or deep yellow in colour and offers great projection and the full tonal range of sound. It is well-suited to bigger drums and often produces powerful bass.
All of our Bougarabou shells come with a bottom ring and two matched top rings included. If you have a preference for looser or tighter rings, let us know in your order!
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