Drum Layout Mat

A gift from me to you, a drum layout mat that does drum sizes 8″ to 22″ and 6, 8, 10, lug patterns Free not 44.99 (please dont pay for one of these your better off making one with a protractor) but if you want a legit looking mat here you are. just save the image as and get it printed at a print shop, should only cost you $5

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-Nick

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16 x 16 Floor tom

got the 16 x 16 floor tom glued up today, it brought up a number of challenges though. All i can say is make sure you select your wood better than we did, we ended up taking alot of material off with the plainer and jointer today. All things considered we did end up with a pretty nice shell with very minimal gaps, we will spin this one down next weekend and hopfully glue up the 12″ rack tom, here’s some pics of the progress today

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– Nick

 

 

Tuning pointers

My brother and I watched this video about 5 years ago, some really good pointers here, the only problem is…. If you ask 10 drummers how to tune, you will get 10 different methods witch are all correct. Me personally i tune my drums as low as possible with out too many annoying over tones, then i shorten the sustain with the batter side. Remember one of the most important things about playing and instrument, is being able to tune that instrument. how would Iron maiden sound if all their guitars were out of tune with each other? Anyways here’s Dave Weckl (god) on drum tuning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0rVntds_oY 

Thanks

Just thought I should give credit where credit is due, for anyone wanting to find some amazing resources on drum building I have 2 crucial links to share:

http://pdgood.us/ Great all around, these guys talk about all types of drum building and have amazing knowledge about the entire process

http://unionbridgedrums.com/ This is a link to a stave drum calculator that gives you bevel angles board foot required ect.. amazing program, donate if you can

 

let the rain fall down

June in Calgary is usually some dirty form of summer, usually consisting of huge amounts of rain and low lame ammounts of sun I remember camping on June 5th about 5 years ago. 5 degrees Celsius… How horrible, but we toughed it out any ways. so needless to say my jam space got a little bit wet again, i installed some fresh carpet tile and ohhhh man i think it looks great! check it out:

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PS more drum building will be commencing on Canada day July 1st!! stay tuned for pictures!

-Nick

Time

Being a new father i have seen my time disappear, between finding time to get into the studio with the band and playing show’s and actually practicing drums, working on basic drum things that i need to work on.. Time has been running out, lately im only getting about a half hour a day to play drums and then 2 hours with my son then hes in bed. CANADA DAY oh sweet Canada day i have a day off work and you know what, i think its time to start building that jazz kit. seeing how we already have the measurements and angles dialed up for the 14 snare, it seems like a 14” floor tom is a good place to start, im hoping to glue a 12″ rack tom as well.. oh yeah and happy birthday to my son who has been the most amazing person i have ever met, i cannot begin to put into words the joy he brings to my life. So i did what and music loving drum playing father would do… i bought Jack a mini drum kit (used) its some Chinese built ludwig kit but its the right size for him!

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happy birthday Jackson, love dad

Start

Purdy Drum co started in April 2014 by myself (Nick) and my father (Don). in the attempt to find a Canadian built drum kit for myself to purchase i stumbled across a different style of drum building. Enter StaveDrum these drums are not made with ply’s like most commercially built drum, they are from solid pieces of wood cut at precise angles to form and octagon? except we use 16 pieces what ever kind of shape that is? myself being a trades man of 9 years and my father being a well established handy man extraordinaire for as long as i can remember (28 years) figured we had the skills to build one of these bad boys. Guess what? we built 2 drums this winter one was a pure birch 5.5 x 14 snare and the other was a birch/mahogany 7 x 14 snare, these drums not only looked great they sounded like a hammer my 7″ snare is extremely sharp! i use it to cut through a band with 2 eight string guitars!! and the 5″ snare sounds amazing, reminds me of a marching band snare. all this success with our first two drums, next to tackle a 4pc Jazz fusion kit consisting of a 12” rack tom 14” floor tom and a 22” kick! stay tuned summer project coming up

-Nick

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