1. Cut your piece of bamboo
to the desired length, and hollow out the insides (you can use
a long drill bit, or even a piece of metal rebar). Use your ½
rounded file to make it as smooth as possible.
2. Drill 2 rows of holes in
the bamboo, roughly one inch apart. Be sure to use a drill bit
the same diameter as your skewers.
3. Add some wood glue to the
skewers and feed them through the bamboo. Allow to dry.
4. When the glue has dried,
trim the ends of the skewers that stick out of either side of
5. Cut two pieces of wood to
be used as plugs for either end of the bamboo. Glue one in place,
and allow to dry.
6. Sand the areas where you
trimmed the skewers, and stain or paint the bamboo (if desired).
7. Fill approximately 1/5 of
the length of bamboo with your filler of choice (rice, beans,
rocks, gravel, seeds, etc.). Experiment with different amounts
and materials, as different fillers will produce different sounds.
Be sure to cover the end when testing!
8. When you are pleased with
the sound of your rainstick, glue the other piece of wood into
the open end and allow to dry.
May the Gods smile upon you!!