This is the 11th drum in my F-series 13.5 diameter drums.
The drum shell is made up of five laminated wood layers. The four inside layers are made from kiln dried Douglas fir wood.
The outside layer is made from Lacewood. Some call this wood "Silky Oak". The laminate strips were cut from a board that was quarter sawn from the heartwood. The resulting appearance is a light reddish-brown background contrasted with a relatively dense pattern of dark brown fleck patterns of grain. You can just barely see it in the photo, which doesn’t really do justice to this beautiful drum.
The carrying handle is laminated from the same wood.
The steel anchor band and tuning hooks were electro-plated with polished brass.
The tuning nuts, Thread Caps, and hold-down band are solid brass.
I form every thing in my shop except the electroplating. There are approximately 50 man-hours spread over a month to make this kind of drum.
The sound qualities are super. A rich and deep sounding bass, wonderful tones, slaps, and high ringing rim shots.
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