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I have been fortunate enough to acquire a massive African gourd/kalabash (14 inch diameter!), and am wanting to make a gourd tackhead banjo. If i understand correctly the stuff i want for the head is goatskin. Does anyone know what kind of stuff i need (how thick etc) and where to get it (based in UK but might pay for shipping from USA).
Thank you fellow banjo enthusiasts.

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Thanks for that, that looks like just the thing I need, it's a shame it won't tell me the postage for the uk unless i become a member though........
stewart mcdoanld is your best bet , but i'm not sure they come big enough for a 14"
the stuff u want is called 'vellum' thats skin thats been scraped to a uniform thickness, usually for parchment..
i got a goat one and a kangaroo one, i ended up using the roo cos it was considerably thinner than the goathide..
Does anyone know if deer skin would work?

One F said:
the stuff u want is called 'vellum' thats skin thats been scraped to a uniform thickness, usually for parchment..
i got a goat one and a kangaroo one, i ended up using the roo cos it was considerably thinner than the goathide..
Deer hide should be fine i reckon..
if this goat hide is too heavy fergus, its still real good for a drum..

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