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GUEST,Anne Croucher Bodhran repair (26) RE: Bodhran repair 03 Dec 04


I used to play a bodhran which was originally lying neglected because it was so high pitched - the skin was so tight there were holes where it was pulling on the fastenings.

I used Oil of Ulay hand cream on it and it softened up a treat, sounded much better. This was some decades back and the formulation has changed in that time, but I expect any sort of moisturiser would do.

Maybe treating a skin with hand cream and leaving it to lie till Groundhog day ( assuming a winter long exposure to central heating ) and only then fixing it on the rim would be the solution?

To mend a split - waterproof white wood glue and a thin sliver off the back of any leftover skin, stuck onto the inside, put something flat and smooth both sides and a weight to keep everything flat. Damp the skin, all except a bit around the damaged area, with a sponge to loosen it during the mending operation. I doubtful use non waterproof so you can soak it off again

White wood glue was what an enterprising friend of mine used to stick small bits of sheepskin together and then fix it onto hessian to make rugs. It went well until someone decided to put their rug in the washing machine. They did not do a waterproof version in those days.

Anne


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