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Out of The Box Thinking: Cajons

Out of The Box Thinking: Cajons

  • May 29, 2024
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Cajons (ka-hons), which originated in Peru, are box-shaped drums traditionally made from thin plywood. The musician plays by sitting on the cajon and striking the front playing surface, or tapa, with their hands. A hole is cut into the back of the cajon to allow for sound to reverberate.

This unassuming percussion instrument can produce a wide range of rhythms and tones. It is also much more portable than traditional drum sets, making it popular amongst traveling musicians.

Columbia Forest Products recently collaborated with a cajon manufacturer, JBC Cajons, to provide 10 travel-size and two full-size cajons to Guilford Preparatory Academy, along with lessons. The students put on an excellent performance, and their music instructor plans to continue honing their skills with the unique instrument.

Jay Hutchins, the owner of JBC Cajons, first discovered PureBond when he was out of his usual plywood and went to Home Depot to find a replacement. When he asked the employee for their highest quality product, he pointed to PureBond.

After creating a cajon with Columbia’s plywood, Jay quickly found it was easier to work with and sounded better than what he used before. The first cajon he made with PureBond was for The Issacs, a well-known Blue Grass Christian group from West Virginia.

Moving forward, PureBond is the material of choice for his creations.

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