BERIMBAU MAKING WORKSHOPS


Waldorf, Maryland 2016

Knowing how to make a berimbau is a great skill for any capoeirista to have.  The knowledge gained not only helps the student understand the process of constructing a berimbau from start to finish but also helps in the students understanding of how to fix a broken berimbau and how to properly tune the instrument.

Workshop entails the following:
(All work done traditionally with hand tools.  For kids workshops some of the more dangerous steps are eliminated.  Nothing more scary than 20 eight year olds with sharp knives!)
– Preparing the verga (stripping and sanding)
– Extracting arame (berimau wire)
– Preparing Cabaca (opening/cleaning/sanding of gourd)
– Finishing the verga (stain/paint/polyurethane)
– Marrying the berimbau (finding combination of gourd/verga for proper sound)

 

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Workshop – 2014 Belo Horizonte, MG Brasil

CAXIXI MAKING WORKSHOPS

One of the essential elements to complete a berimbau is a caxixi.
Caxixis are also a part of many Afro-based cultures including capoeira, maculele, and candomble among others.

Workshop entails the following:
(All work done traditionally with hand tools. For kids workshops some of the more dangerous steps are eliminated.  Nothing more scary than 20 eight year olds with sharp knives!)
– Preparing the base (cutting of material/poking holes)
– Preparing the body material
– Caxixi weaving techniques
– Closing the caxixi
– Finishing the caxixi (sanding/staining)

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With Recycled Material Belo Horizonte, MG 2014
We offer personalized workshops for kids and workshops for adults in Maryland and the Baltimore/Washington, DC metropolitan area and and soon the Orlando area.  Contact for prices and details.