Protect your bodhran head from splitting or cracking! Most bodhran heads are real leather, usually goat skin, and they need to be cared for like any other good leather product. You need to use a good leather conditioner on a regular basis to keep your bodhran head from getting too dry. It's especially important for the first couple of years that you own your bodhran. A new drum head is much more sensitive to humidity changes.
We recommend that you condition your drum head about 4 times your first year, then at least a couple times per year after that. Pay special attention to your bodhran during the dry winter months, or year-round if you live in a very dry climate. If you notice your bodhran starting to sound high-pitched and "tinny" or "pingy", it's time to condition.
Apply leather conditioner cream generously to both the top and underside of your drum head, rubbing in well with a rag or paper towel. You may want to set it aside for an hour or so to let the conditioner soak in, then give it another rubdown.
NOTE — If your bodhran has a painted or silk-screened design on the surface of the head, apply leather conditioner to the underside only. Leather conditioner can damage painted designs.