I knew the awkward day would come when I'd have to share a substandard creation. Not like getting a massage from a T-Rex awkward (picture it, with those short, creepy little arms), but awkward just the same. I did say I'd share my creations, warts and all. And this one has a few warts.
For one, (and I never expected to use these words in the same sentence) the skirt was too short and too tight. So it makes it a bit difficult to shake the skirt. But it looks pretty cool, and if you twist the gourd so the skirt slides around it, it sounds reasonably good I must say.
I bought the gourd last year (and I'm not making this up) at the Idaho Gourd Society Gourd Festival. Remarkably, admission was free. Now, I know what you must be thinking. "Wow, that car must've caused more damage than the doctors let on. He's eating beets and going to Gourd Festivals? That musta been some concussion." I'd like to add that I also attended Tool and Metallica concerts in the last year. I don't know if that redeems me or not. But it's something. Right?
I used hemp string to build the skirt and had to try several different ways of winding them together. There were two very difficult steps to this. 1) hemp string is not woven very tightly and it wants to come undone. When trying to slide a small spring over it, it just gets caught up and tangled. And 2) there was a constant tangle of string and springs. I used clothes pins to try and keep the strings together and prevent them from getting crossed. All in all, the skirt took me about 1.5 hours to create. Prolly woulda taken 2 hours if I had made it long enough.
I record my videos with my phone, so the audio quality is pretty crappy. This video sounds like I'm dragging a bathtub down an alley. In reality, the shaker sounds much softer than what the video represents. But sans a better audio system, this is what I ended up with.