African Djembes are HandmadeWhen shopping for a djembe drum please understand that these musical instruments are hand made and will at times show natural imperfections. Here's a brief note on what not to worry about:
Most African djembe drums are hand carved from a single piece of wood (ex: Lenge, Mahogany, Djalla). As such, many djembe drums are not going to be perfectly symmetrical or evenly built. It's just a natural part of the process. After all djembes are made with hand tools from skilled craftsman. In some cases the djembe drum will even be slightly lopsided as it rests on the floor.