Cajón Flamenco, Part 1

And off I went to sunny Andalusia, the homeland of flamenco music, to meet Antonio in his small workshop where he handcrafts cajones, the genuine flamenco percussion instruments, and Elías, who masterly plays them.

Elías in full swing playing a cajón

Elías in full swing playing a cajón

Quite a drive to get there, but the last stage was very rewarding, as roads led through the endless sunflower fields in full blossom in Guadalquivir Valley:

Endless sunflower field along Sevilla province

Endless sunflower field along Sevilla province

(More Andalusian landscapes  can be found HERE).

One of the definitely great things of shooting professions and crafts is that you learn about many artistic fields and background you otherwise would not have even got in touch with. So I found out that the cajón is a Peruvian origin instrument that has been embraced by flamenco musicians for several decades and is now spreading to other genres and artists as well.

Hand bandaged after a domestic accident but good to go!

Hand bandaged after a domestic accident but good to go!

The first stages

The first stages

It all starts with a pretty carpentry looking process,  though the smoothness and flexibility of the wood used already hints that this is not going to be a chest of drawers.

Refining the wood

Refining the wood

Precision work!

Precision work!

Now the main frame has carefully being crafted, the instrument starts to come into shape

The

The “loudspeaker” being refined

Final touches by hand

Final touches by hand

The front cover coming on

The front cover coming on

Et viola!

Et viola!

Well, not exactly, there are a few things hidden in the entrails. I saw them but was told it is a zealously kept secret. So I am keeping it, too!

The whole shoot can be found HERE

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About Olaf Speier

Hello, thanks for taking a look ! When I am not traveling somewhere or into some art project, I devote my time to stock photography. This blog intends to give an insight into my current stock projects.
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