Welcome to Pepote's workshop. In this section one of the world's greatest cajon makers will demonstrate how to build a cajon of unparalleled quality.

Since 1990 Pepote's workshop has been the centre of a research project which has been responsible for some of the most important advances in the evolution of the cajon. An innovative and experimental approach combined with an exceptional eye for detail have given Pepote an encyclopaedic understanding of how to build and tune a cajon. This knowledge, experience and skill has resulted in extremely refined, responsive and balanced sounding instruments which ensure that the percussionist can play as comfortably and expressively as possible. This section provides a unique insight into the creation of some of the world's finest cajons.

A word from the man himself:


1. First the materials are cut to size

2. Measurements are checked

3. Panels ready for assembly

4. Braces are glued and nailed into place

5. The top, base and sides are then glued and nailed together...

6. ...followed by the back

7. A selection of decorative strips

8. A herringbone strip is inlaid into the top of a roughly shaped cajon

9. A protective net is fixed inside the sound-hole

10. An interior sound diffuser is glued in place between the sound-hole and the playing surface

11. The inlaid surfaces are sanded smooth and ready for finishing

12. Damping strips reduce harmonic vibration from the snare wires

13. Making the adjustable tension tuning blocks for the snare wires

14. The wires are fixed to the blocks

15. Holes are drilled in the base of the cajon ready for the tuning blocks

16. An Estudio model with snare tension system finished and ready for the front

17. A finished front with diamond log carefully inlaid

18. Screwing on the front

19. The screws are all put in place before being tightened – this ensures even tension across the front when tuning

20. Lots of boxes!


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