We have djembe shells for use in assembling your own custom djembe drum, available from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. All shells are hand carved in West Africa using traditional methods, given a curing period, treated with hydrating karite (shea butter) and/or coconut oil, and imported direct to an arid US climate and given time to acclimate.
The djembe shell from each country is as closely shaped to the typical djembe from that region as possible, using hardwood common to the region. The Mali shell has more of a rounded bowl with a straight taper from neck to flared base, carved of Lenke, Dugara, Dialla, Acacia, and Genou. Guinea djembe shells are more angular with straight tapered bowls and taller more exaggerated flared base, carved mostly of Dialla/Acajou, Lenke, and Haré. The Ivory Coast shape is a mix between round and elongated bowl, with wider throat and more bulging base shape, made only of Iroko wood. Senegal is very distinct in the long, curved bowl design and super-flared base, with Dembe wood.