Openings in the Soundboard designate the Handgrip Design and make for easy holding while playing.
Handgrip Design Gourd Kalimba
Even large instruments are easy to hold and play with Handgrip Design
Handgrip Gourd Kalimba Lamellophone Slide Show
Peruvian Walnut Gourd Handgrip Kalimba
Burned and Dyed Design adorns this Kalimba as seen below...
Custom Handgrip Gourd Kalimba
This custom piece has Burned and Painted Design;
Custom Handgrip Gourd Kalimba Demo Video
Another Gourd Handgrip Example
Painted Gourd Handgrip Kalimba Demo
I coined the term "Tinlimba" to refer to Lamellophone I make with cookie tins as the resonating body. This one is a large (double chocolate chip) tin; 13" diameter, with very fine grain Mahogany for the soundboard. Depth is 6". Tinlimba produce unique and wonderfully haunting reverberating sound.
Backside of above Handgrip Tinlimba
Most cookie tins have relatively thin bottoms and I discovered that it's essential to adhere a thin piece of wood or plywood to the bottom to produce a good sound. The above design is burned and painted.