Color change of steel. Most handpans I have seen and built have been cooked between 480-800 F in order to relax the internal tensions of the steel.

Steel changes color as it is heated in a forge. THis is an important thing for the blacksmith to know and observe. Here I show you the color changes of the steel and how it changes in workability.

basic tuning areas of note membrane. There is MUCH more to the story than this!

basic tuning areas of note membrane. There is MUCH more to the story than this!

Basic sinking demo by Jan Borren, a talented builder in Holland.

This is what you need to know when building a tank drum.

44 metric tons required to press a 4 layer dimple and C#3 tone field in the center of a Saraz handpan. After pressing a note, the interstitial still needs a LOT of pneumatic hammering to achieve the ideal shape.

44 metric tons required to press a 4 layer dimple and C tone field in the center of a Saraz handpan. After pressing a note, the interstitial still needs a LOT of pneumatic hammering to achieve the ideal shape.

Old Panart diagram on steelpan tuning.

Old Panart diagram on steelpan tuning.

There are a couple facebook groups concerning handpan building.   The biggest and oldest I am familiar with is called "exchange of knowledge handpan".   There is also "handpan building explorations".   "Jimmy's House of Hammers" has tools by Jimmy James, one of the creators of Aciel.

There are a couple facebook groups concerning handpan building. The biggest and oldest I am familiar with is called "exchange of knowledge handpan". There is also "handpan building explorations". "Jimmy's House of Hammers" has tools by Jimmy James, one of the creators of Aciel.

60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" (#V1010) Hosted by David Beery Owner of Smarty Pans This unprecedented 60 minute 'how...

60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" ( Hosted by David Beery Owner of Smarty Pans This unprecedented 60 minute 'how.

An early video of Manny from Zen Handpan sinking a shell by hand. Me making a shell nov 2012 - YouTube

Me making a shell nov 2012

Shellopan tool to make handpan shells (deep drawn).

Shellopan tool to make handpan shells (deep drawn).

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