The art of curing a goatskin (A bodhrán skin)

To cure a goatskin a solution of garden lime mixed with water is used. The skin is left soaking in the mix for six or seven days until the skin is soft enough to wash the hair off in a barrel of water. The back of the skin must then be scraped of all membrane and fat so that the skin does not smell when dried. The skin must then be soaked in a pickle...

How to treat your Bodhrán skin

Goatskin is very similar to human skin and as such should be treated with plenty of TLC.  On our hands and faces we use moisturisers to moisten and soften our skin. This is to treat cracked skin or to prevent skin from becoming dehidrated.  So it is with the bodhran drumhead, which is usually goatskin.  It needs moistureiser to prevent the skin from drying out or becoming too hard. The moisture will help the...
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