- Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:40 pm
Looks a little messy imo. It's ok, but here's a couple other ideas:
1. Wrap the flesh ring in friction tape or nonslip fabric (the mesh kind with rubber on it for placing under rugs etc)
2. Harden the part of the skin that wraps the flesh ring to harden it so it can't flex around the ring, by applying glue to it before putting the ring on (pretreat ring with wax to prevent the glue from sticking to it).
3. Make grip/teeth or bumps on the flesh ring for friction. Can use glue, or glue+sand or glue+sawdust. Could even make ridges by gluing strips of wood or fabric hardened with glue to the rings, so the bands can bite into the skin.
4. Instead of metal rings which are made of round metal rods welded into a circle, make your own ring out of wood veneer, so it can have square edges to help lock the skin. (Make by wrapping veneer edging/banding around the drum multiple times in a spiral, with glue joining the layers)
I'm sure someone will say "but wood isn't strong enough" - maybe so, but hunting bows are made of wood veneer glued together - it's much stronger than wood because it's a composite material. Using a flexible but hard wood like maple or elm it should be plenty strong enough and lighter than steel.
Bamboo slats would also work, but wood veneer is available in rolls, so easier to work with.