Yesterday I was researching uses for 55-gallon metal barrels. It's amazing what creative folks have made from the barrels, including bathroom sinks, snow plows and bike racks, all featured on pinterest. As a music lover, I was fascinated when I came across a video created in 1956 by the folksinger, Pete Seeger. In the video, Mr. Seeger visits Trinidad in the West Indies to learn about the steel drums or pan drums. The video not only features a little bit of history about the area and its inhabitants, it also shows craftsmen, from start to finish, building the steel drums from old 55-gallon oil barrels. This innovation, first invented by slaves in the 19th century, was the precursor for many other percussion instruments used around the world today. You can also learn how to make the steel drum mallets here.
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