Do you Dream of Someday Being Able To Build Your Own Stave Shell Drums?

         Have you spent countless hours looking for information on how to build that perfect stave shell drum!

Bud Brownell         


You are not alone:

From the Workshop of Bud Brownell
January 3 2015

             Hi fellow drum enthusiast. My name is Bud Brownell and as long as I can remember I have had a love of music and a love of woodworking. I built my first stave shell snare drum in 1997.

            For 15 years I played drums with a variety of bands on the East Coast of Canada. I also worked summers when I was in high school with my father who was a cabinet and furniture builder. I later worked full time with him until he passed away in 1977. I have worked for the past 20 years as a cabinet and furniture builder in southern Ontario Canada.

           For the past number of years I have combined my two loves in life – woodworking and drums. I have concentrated my woodworking skills on building stave shell snare drums. The past number of years has definitely been a learning curve.

          Due to increasing interest from the public about how I build my stave shells and all the e-mails I have received asking for ideas on stave shell drum building I am releasing this book which has 73 pages packed full of useful information on drum building. Also visit this link to view our promotional video for this book on youtube

        I want to pass on to you some of the techniques and ideas I have learned over the years. Drum building requires multiple woodworking skills and an eye and desire for perfection. Building stave shell drums all starts with the wood you select for your project.

       Snare drums are commonly built from maple due to the excellent quality of sound it produces. These days you will find stave shells built from a variety of woods including birch, oak, purple heart, bubinga, ash, walnut, cherry and others including combinations of these woods.

      Different woods will give your drum a different sound. Do you want that dry tight sound found in Blues and R & B music or an open bright sound with cutting power and projection?

     Over the past number of years some of the snare drums that I have built have:

  1. Shrunk
  2. Expanded
  3. Finish cracked
  4. Staves not fitting tightly together
  5. Over or under sized shell
  6. Out of round
  7. Hardware not fitting properly
  8. Variation in shell thickness
  9. And more…

         The tips found in “Stave Shell Drum Building Tips by Bud Brownell” addresses some of those problems I encountered over the past number of years. This book also contains information on building useful jigs and hand tools. Also you will learn the width and angle to cut the staves for any size drum shell.

You will quickly learn about:

  • Drum shell layout
  • Hardware layout
  • Moisture content
  • Cutting bearing edges
  • Cutting snare beds
  • Glue-up
  • Making special jigs
  • Finishing
  • Buffing
  • Machinery
  • And much more

            You can cut your learning curve greatly. Why spend years accumulating this knowledge when you can learn it today. This book is in a downloadable format so even if it is 2:00 a.m. you can immediately download “Stave Shell Drum Building Tips by Bud Brownell”

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