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The wood

90% of the wood used in Lignum Drums is cut by me in the local areas and then sent to the mill for cutting into planks.

It is very important that wood should then be allowed to dry naturally so that it becomes properly 'seasoned' before use.

Because I am involved with the wood from the very start, I feel that my soul is spiritually connected with each drum I produce.

 

WILD PEAR TREE CUT IN WINTER 2011PEAR  TREE

 

 

Solid stave construction


My drums are made using stave-shell construction which is the purest form of drum building.  No bending, steaming or forcing
the wood and indeed, very little glue.  The shells are cut to round on a lathe and the finished shell is very stable and the wood
not under stress.   I have improved on the standard approach to stave construction by developing my own unique techniques to
further enhance durability and tone; including a special high-precision joint that means each stave is glued INTO, not just
butted up against the neighbouring stave.
Yes, this is more labour intensive, but it results in a much stronger shell with real 'road-proof' durability.


PEAR WOOD DRUMKIT IN PROGRESS / TREE CUT IN 2007SYCAMORE FIDDLEBACK 14X6,5 SHELL

 

 
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