The Care part is pretty much common sense, a list of "don't"s
They may, however, break on their own accord.
There you are, in the middle of your band's second set opener, just before
the grand hosho solo. Suddenly, there is a quiet explosion of your beat hosho.
Hota seeds are all over the floor (for anyone who doesn't know, hota seeds
are nature's ball bearings), the rest of the band is falling rapidly into a
rhythmic abyss and the dancers, thanks to the hota seeds under their feet,
are just plain falling. Welcome to Hosho Repair 101. But first, grab your spare
pair and finish the song (you did bring your spare pair didn't you)?
At your first opportunity collect the pieces of gourd and as many of the hota
seeds as you can. If you need your gourd to finish the gig just get out the
duck tape and quack it back together as best you can, (you did bring the duck
tape didn't you)? Then, at home, pull off the tape (before it leaves all that
sticky goo on your favorite gourd). Next, assess the situation, do you have
all the pieces of the gourd? Is it one or two big pieces or did one of the
dancers inadvertently convert the one big piece into 75 little ones? Either
way you will need some thin consistency cyanoacrylate glue (with the appropriate
accelerator) and a fiberglass repair kit (epoxy glue, and some weird white
cloth). Try to reconstruct the gourd. Can you get the pieces to stay put by
themselves? If so, good! Do so, then carefully run some of the thin cyano glue
into the cracks and give it a shot of the accelerator. You could, at this point,
call it good enough - but you'd be doing this again real soon. For a more permanent
repair, or if the pieces won't fit, or are missing, it's time for the fiberglass.
Essentially you will be mixing up equal parts of the two tubes of epoxy, soaking
a piece of the white cloth in the resulting sticky goo, and laying that mess
over the cracks, or, if you don't have all the pieces, over the open hole.
This works - and boy is it ever ugly. If you feel comfortable working with
the epoxy and fiberglass try this. Mix up the epoxy as usual, pull one thread
out of the weave of the fiberglass cloth, soak it in the epoxy and lay it over
the cracks in a loopy fashion ala Jackson Pollock. If that went well do another
thread. As a preemptive measure I have covered both my gourds with a loose
pattern of glass loops. I notice no difference in weight or sound.
Do you find that the hota seeds are sometimes stuck in the handles? You could
wad up some tissue paper and jam it back in the handle with a coat hanger.
Or, get a can of expanding foam sealant and squirt some of that back there.
Be careful! there is a reason it's called "expanding" foam sealant,
stop about half way from where you think you want the foam to stop. I use the
minimal expanding type.
Cyanoacrylate, epoxy and the foam sealant are all best kept off of your skin; use a pair of surgical gloves.
Your comments are appreciated.
Max Krimmel - 15 Sherwood Road - Nederland, CO 80466 - 303.258.7723