Stave Drum Building In 2018

I have to tell you I have been doing some research on drum making. In 2818 the scene of custom drum shell building is taking off. There are new stave drum shell  builders popping up with web-sites and YouTube Videos and the drum building craze is picking up speed. It is so exciting to see […]

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Stave Drum Shell Building Ebook | $19.95 USD

I have dropped the price of my drum building ebook to $19.95 USD.  After selling many copies over the years sales have now slowed down so I decided to offer this educational information on drum building at a more affordable price. There is a whole lot of information and tips on stave drum building in […]

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Drum Shell Finishing

My YouTube video on drum shell finishing at:  https://www.youtube.com/user/bcwdrums shows the application of lacquer for finishing drum shells. I spent years working on how to get the  quality of high gloss finish that I desired. I found to put a high gloss finish like I desired to do I had to put enough coats of satin finish […]

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Van Halen Road Crew

I want to share this info with you on studying drums at Al Resks Drum Studio in Halifax Nova Scotia. From 1980 to 1987 I was a student of the great Halifax drummer and teacher Al Resk. From my first time in the drum room with him I was hooked. I put 100% into my […]

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Bud Brownell Stave Drum Shell Building

I have to tell you stave drum shell building is very satisfying work. I started building drum shells in 1997 and there was very little information available on line so I had to learn through trial and error. As a result it took years of building and trying to learn and get better at building […]

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Nine Part Stave Drum Building Instructional Video

Hi I just thought I should up date so I just finished a nine part video series. It took a long time to get it all together. About nine to ten months. It covers the building of nine stave shell snare drums which I have on my web-site for sale. Anyway the video series was […]

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E-Mail I have received

Mr. Brownell, I have started constructing my own stave shell for a snare drum I want to make. As I was looking on the internet for information on the best ways to construct stave shells, I came across your website and saw the phenomenal woodwork that you do. I saw the Tongue & Groove joints […]

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E-Mail I have received

Hi! I’m 24 years old wood artisan student from Finland. The institute of Crafts and Design is located in Petajavesi Middle-FINLAND. I’m very interested in your drum making methods and enthusiastic to learn create handcrafted drums. I’m also a drummer, (for about 8 years) so I know something about drumming and the sounds of the […]

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B.C.W. Solid Wood Drums

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Oak Maple Shell

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Purple Heart Maple Shell

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Reading Music

I just updated the Beat Of The Week. It reminds me of when I took lessons years ago. I was always writing out exercises for myself to learn. It helps to learn these patterns. It will help with coordination and reading. It’s a good idea to write out your own exercises that way you will […]

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April Wine Jerry Mercer

I had the chance to meet Jerry Mercer years ago. I was performing at The Halifax School Of Music in Halifax Nova Scotia. Jerry was doing a clinic in the afternoon. We got there early and were rehearsing for our performance with a percussion group of students from Al Resks drum studio. Jerry showed up early […]

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Peter Magadini

Back in 1987 I had a chance to meet Peter Magadini and have a private lesson from him. Peter was in Halifax for a drum symposium at the Halifax School Of Music. I got to check out Peters performance and it was really impressive. The next day I was to have a lesson from Peter […]

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John Brownell

I had the good fortune to build a snare drum for Toronto  area Percussionist and educator John Brownell. We share the same last name but are not related in any way. I met John for the first time when he e-mailed me. His first message was about the coincidence of us having the same last […]

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Nazareth Darrell Sweet

I had the opportunity to play with the backing band for Nazareth for four nights in Halifax Nova Scotia. I have to tell you those guys were a great band to back up. They liked our band which was called Prime Time. They shared their food and drink with us and we all had a […]

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Drum Building Book

I recently wrote a book on stave drum building. The book has sold a few copies and is a success. I have heard back from some of the buyers and they are extremely happy with the information contained in the book. It is all my perspective on building stave snare drums. There is information contained in the […]

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Stave Drum Building E Book

Stave Drum Building E Book

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New Drum shells

I can’t wait to get started on the new drum shells I am going to build. I have been spending time on the computer which is good but I really need to build something. I love the creative aspect of building drum shells. I think I will get some exotic woods for these shells. I […]

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