Our musical shakers are hand crafted from natural dried gourds and local wood. They are made by a craftswoman, Petronille Uwimana, who has over 20 years of experience. Select shakers have also been made by Paul Nzabonimpaye, who passed away in 2011. His legacy lives on in his craft as well as in his son Hezekiah, who Paul trained as a woodcarver.
How does Petronille make her musical shakers? Once her gourds are grown, harvested, hollowed and dried, the art can begin. Petronille takes her specially-made tools and heats them to red-hot in a charcoal fire. Then she carefully pushes the hot metal rod through the dried gourd, forming a pattern with each small hole that is created. She has to be careful to make enough holes to bring out her design and create a good shaker sound, but not so many that the gourd becomes weak. Petronille then carves the shaker handle from a branch of a local tree, creating a simple design with black paint over the engraved wood. She fills the gourd with a handful of flower seeds, glues on the handle, and voila - a musical shaker has been born.
*Please note that our musical shakers are not intended to be children's toys.
The musical shakers are made by an artisan named Petronille Uwimana. We invite you learn more about her here.
The Handcrafted Details
- Musical shakers are made from dried gourds and local wood
- Sold individually
- Musical shakers are not intended to be children's toys
- Musical shakers vary in size and shape because they are made of natural, home-grown gourds
- Dimensions: On average they measure 2.5" - 3.5" diameter x 8"-10" in length
- Country of Origin: Handcrafted in Rwanda