Finally we located a decently priced metal lathe, currently we are milling solid brass tube lugs for our future snares. We recently started building segmented wood hoops and I’ve been screen printing some new hoodies, Still not finished my kit but you know…. it takes time to make beautiful wood crafts.
Well I suppose its time for an update, today we rounded up an 8×14 Birch snare drum, too be finished with an orange to rootbeer satin! and also my brothers snare drum witch is an Ovangkol 5.5×14 snare drum to be finished in Satin.
Well, the snow has fallen and winter is officially here so drum building is in full swing again. Today we made more progress on the floor tom and we are starting to really think hard about our milling jig, we’re going to get a proper jig welded up with dials and fancy knobs, so today we milled the drum down with the router on top and i must say this is the way to do it. I have been fooling around with “mirror” finishes and that’s coming along nicely also been messing about with wood dye that is some potent stuff!! Got a nice pie of Purple Heart for a future snare drum and finally organized our drum parts. All in all it was a good productive day, enjoy some photos:
YESS.. we got some time to get together again and build!! it started with failure but ended in success originally we set out to build just a 20×22 bass drum but our bevel cut was out by .2 of a degree so over 40 cuts we added 8 deg. to our circle.. oh well adjust the saw and re-cut the staves for a rack tom (12 x 12) and while were at it, make another snare with the left over bass drum woods ( 14 x 7) so after every thing was said and done it did end up being a productive day see for yourself:
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
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:
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!
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