How We Build Koras

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(a quick tour)

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Materials are assembled

 

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Rosewood handle bars are turned  on antique wood lathe

 

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Cowskin is stretched over half-gourd (calabash) imported from Africa

 

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Skin is fastened to the gourd

 

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Bars are inserted across sound-top

 

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Decorative fasteners are applied

 

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Openings are cut for soundhole and neck

 

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Neck is shaped to size and holes are drilled for tuners and strings

 

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Tailpiece is fabricated and fit to the neck

 

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Neck is inserted through body

 

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Kora bridge and bridge plate are carved

 

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Kora-strings are mounted

 

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Kora is finished (the average instrument takes anywhere from 50hrs to 100hrs or more to build, the cost for materials and parts is between 400.- to 1000.-)

 

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Final inspection by Toumani Diabate and Bela Fleck

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(a quick tour)

Materials are assembled

 

Rosewood handle bars are turned  on antique wood lathe

Cowskin is stretched over half-gourd (calabash) imported from Africa

Skin is fastened to the gourd

Bars are inserted across sound-top

 

Decorative fasteners are applied

 

Openings are cut for soundhole and neck

 

Neck is shaped to size and holes are drilled for tuners and strings

 

 

Tailpiece is fabricated and fit to the neck

 

Neck is inserted through body

 

Kora bridge and bridge plate are carved

 

 

  Kora-strings are mounted

Kora is finished (the average instrument takes anywhere from 50hrs to 100hrs or more to build,  the cost for materials and parts is between 400.- to 1000.-)

 

Final inspection by Toumani Diabate and Bela Fleck

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(a quick tour)

Materials are assembled

 

Rosewood handle bars are turned  on antique wood lathe

Cowskin is stretched over half-gourd (calabash) imported from Africa

Skin is fastened to the gourd

Bars are inserted across sound-top

 

Decorative fasteners are applied

 

Openings are cut for soundhole and neck

 

Neck is shaped to size and holes are drilled for tuners and strings

 

 

Tailpiece is fabricated and fit to the neck

 

Neck is inserted through body

 

Kora bridge and bridge plate are carved

 

 

  Kora-strings are mounted

Kora is finished (the average instrument takes anywhere from 50hrs to 100hrs or more to build,  the cost for materials and parts is between 400.- to 1000.-)

 

Final inspection by Toumani Diabate and Bela Fleck

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