A cajón (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈxon] (Ka-hone), "crate", "drawer", or "box with a hole in it") is a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin plywood) with the hands, fingers, or sometimes various implements such as brushes, mallets, or sticks. ~ Wikipedia
Cajóns have become quite popular of late and range in price from about £50 for an entry-level instrument right up into the hundreds of pounds for a designer label. Given that they are essentially a box, it's not surprising that people are having a go at making their own.
This brilliant video by Colin McCormick gives you a pretty good feel for what you can achieve if you make your own. And if you're not up to making your own then contact Colin and he'll make one for you!
This video was my introduction to the cajón. The lady is Heidi Joubert and you can find out more about her on the Cajon Box website. Now might be a good time to reveal that I can't actually play cajón, but that's never stopped me before. I wonder if Heidi would give me a lesson? ;-)
That's it for now. What will I be up to next week? Your guess is as good as mine...
Talking of possible future projects. Look at this! What a cupboard! This was spotted on Nanowood by Daz. If you think that it looks impressive from the outside, you should see it opened up! If I had one, I reckon I would paint it gold!