PitaEscuela

AGAVE-WOOD PIONEERS SINCE 1993

Sorbas, Andalusia On Etsy since 2018

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PitaEscuela

AGAVE-WOOD PIONEERS SINCE 1993

Sorbas, Andalusia | 192 Sales

Announcement    UNIQUE PRODUCTS HANDMADE WITH PASSION & RESPECT
OUR SPECIALITY IS THE WOOD FROM THE DESERT

We are pioneers in the specialization of the integral use of Agave (Pita) wood. This material is harvested once the plant has completed its life cycle, an aspect that makes it a true 100% sustainable resource obtained from the European desert in Almería (southern Spain).

LOOKING BACK ON MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in the creation of a wide range of musical instruments and handicrafts our high quality products make people happy all around the globe. The entire manufacturing process is carried out in a sustainable way by our professional craftsman Tim Bernhardt. Thanks to a careful selection of materials, all our eco-friendly creations are characterized by excellent quality in unique pieces, sanded by hand and treated with a home-made blend of natural oils. Following the philosophy of a zero-waste production, the exclusive use of a special non-toxic and moisture resistant wood glue is as essential to us as the use of 100% solar energy for all our machines.

After years of experience we acquired the adequate knowledge in order to obtain high quality raw materials. Due to its unique characteristics such as its rapid growth of up to 1.5 meters per week, the wood from the Agave plant is exceptional. Like a combination between bamboo and balsa wood, it is comparable to oak, but lighter than balsa, as colorful as tropical wood, warm in sound, easy to work with, and above all: as "desert wood" it has a high educational value.

FIND SOUND SAMPLES OF SOME OF OUR INSTRUMENTS AT: https://soundcloud.com/user-407908294

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
With the purchase of our products you collaborate with our Artisan Association PITA ESCUELA del Río Aguas, a center for music and environmental artistic education that provides activities that are experienced with all senses in direct contact with nature.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit our website, follow us on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook ("Pita Escuela") or contact us directly.
www.pitaescuela.org

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Last updated on Oct 13, 2020

UNIQUE PRODUCTS HANDMADE WITH PASSION & RESPECT
OUR SPECIALITY IS THE WOOD FROM THE DESERT

We are pioneers in the specialization of the integral use of Agave (Pita) wood. This material is harvested once the plant has completed its life cycle, an aspect that makes it a true 100% sustainable resource obtained from the European desert in Almería (southern Spain).

LOOKING BACK ON MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in the creation of a wide range of musical instruments and handicrafts our high quality products make people happy all around the globe. The entire manufacturing process is carried out in a sustainable way by our professional craftsman Tim Bernhardt. Thanks to a careful selection of materials, all our eco-friendly creations are characterized by excellent quality in unique pieces, sanded by hand and treated with a home-made blend of natural oils. Following the philosophy of a zero-waste production, the exclusive use of a special non-toxic and moisture resistant wood glue is as essential to us as the use of 100% solar energy for all our machines.

After years of experience we acquired the adequate knowledge in order to obtain high quality raw materials. Due to its unique characteristics such as its rapid growth of up to 1.5 meters per week, the wood from the Agave plant is exceptional. Like a combination between bamboo and balsa wood, it is comparable to oak, but lighter than balsa, as colorful as tropical wood, warm in sound, easy to work with, and above all: as "desert wood" it has a high educational value.

FIND SOUND SAMPLES OF SOME OF OUR INSTRUMENTS AT: https://soundcloud.com/user-407908294

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
With the purchase of our products you collaborate with our Artisan Association PITA ESCUELA del Río Aguas, a center for music and environmental artistic education that provides activities that are experienced with all senses in direct contact with nature.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit our website, follow us on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook ("Pita Escuela") or contact us directly.
www.pitaescuela.org

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  • Karen on Sep 26, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have this tucked away for a gift for one of the percussionist I know. I know it will be well received! Thank you!

  • Nidia on Aug 6, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice and sounds better than a plastic guiro

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  • ethangreene1999 on Sep 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    High quality with a good sound

  • ethangreene1999 on Sep 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    High quality with a good sound.

  • Irina on Sep 18, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The shaker arrived in good condition and timely. It creates a beautiful sound. It was a gift and my partner really liked it, already been used in sacred ceremony music circle. Thank you.

  • Robert on Sep 13, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The seller went above and beyond to make sure that I received this item, with personal and professional communication. The best online order customer service I have ever encountered. I bought a kazoo for a close friends birthday and she loves it. The product is well made and sounds fantastic!

  • txburntorange on Jul 16, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The quality is very good.

  • Kayla on Jun 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    This instrument is masterfully crafted, eco friendly, and supports a great cause. I love everything about it, and I highly recommend ordering from this shop!

  • Laura on Feb 27, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful workmanship! I bought this as a gift for my partner - he's going to love it. Thank you!

  • Emily on Jan 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The craftsmanship is wonderful! The sound produced is loud and nice! Love the timber! The kazoo is also well packaged for delivery.

About PitaEscuela

Sales 192
On Etsy since 2018
Video summary: Just a little Video-Workshop about How to Make a Deluxe Wooden Kazoo.

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS A DRUM...

What began with the creation of a drum later developed into a much deeper passion concerning the integral usage of the agave. Since then, the ongoing research in this area has become a way of life for Tim Bernhardt (founder of the Agave School), who uniquely specializes in the use of the agave wood to give it new life in various forms and uses.

“On my first travel through Andalusia, back in November of 1993, I got to know Don Pedro, a Spanish artist from Extremadura, who showed me how to make my first drum from the dry flower stems of the agave. My passion for this plant began when I got to know its unique lifecycle and the warm sound of my very first ‘Timbe Drum’. As I was mostly interested in woodwork, music & travelling, I thought that I had possibly found the perfect opportunity to combine my three interests into a way of living.

After returning to Hamburg in 1994, I decided to go back to Andalusia (Spain) to make more of these fabulous instruments! Ten years of drum-making followed in which I made about 250 Timbe Drums, some of which have even been used in professional recording studios.

In the following years, I lived like the birds, spending sunny Andalusian winters in the south and fresh German summers in the north. In 1998, I organized my first drum-making workshop and started to pass along the knowledge that I had acquired thus far.

In 2002, I settled down in Andalusia and became more and more interested in the botanical aspects of the agave and its multiple uses. After 10 years of drum-making, I started creating all kinds of different musical instruments and handcraft articles like lamps, masks and ‘magic villages’. Finally, I managed to utilise each single millimeter of the Agave flower stems.

Furthermore, in 2008, I began to settle in Los Molinos where I founded the Association Pita-Escuela del Río Aguas. The Agave school is the place where I now live. The project is developing and is continuously opening doors for new educational and musical exchanges.

On November 3rd of 2013, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of that very first ‘Timbe Drum’, where it all began.

What began with the creation of a drum has now developed into a much deeper passion, and the explorations of the integral uses of the Agave plant has become a way of life for me. Being a pioneer in the specialization of the Agave wood, with my work I give new life to the wood in the form of art and music. Since the beginning, my fascination for this plant has kept my passion alive and I am always developing new ideas. The story never ends... and in November of 2018, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this unique project!”

By Timbe, 2018

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  • Timbe

    Owner, Customer Service, Artist & Luthier

    I was born in a family of musicians from Hamburg (Germany). Since 1993, I have lived in Almería (Spain). My work reflects 25 years of experience in the unique development of musical instruments and handicrafts made with wood of the Agave (or Pita) plant.

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