#1 Making the Rough Shell

Out in "the Bush", a log is shaped into a rough djembe shell that will be transported to the Wula Shop in Conakry.

How does Wula recognize its environmental responsibility?

Wula recognizes its environmental responsibility, and has made a commitment to the preservation of forests and the communities it serves. We use an approach that fosters forest stewardship by everyone involved in the manufacturing of our products. We extract wood for our instruments selectively and work directly with drum carvers in the region to evaluate the areas where our carvers are working. In this effort, we range from forest area to forest area and region to region; and avoid areas where the forest is degraded.

Our carvers' knowledge of the region ensures that the forest remains healthy and growing, and with the ability to support the communities that rely on its resources. Likewise, Wula works with local forest guardians, whose responsibility is to prevent the overharvesting of the forest areas they are in charge of protecting.

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#2Finishing the Djembe Form

At the Wula Workshop in Conakry, carvers shape the inside and outside of the rough shell to the perfect djembe form, ready for decoration.

The Wula Djembe Form

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After the shell is finished, the decorators plan out and carve designs into the wood. Beautiful patterns and themes from simple to elaborate make each drum unique.

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#4Rings, Rope, & Skin

The decorated shell gets mounted with a goat skin using custom-made rings and rope - the djembe is complete.


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