This is going to be the first installment of blog posts discussing the makeup and composition of the drums we use. Throughout the series of posts I’ll talk about the different parts of drums and why/how things work to make great sounding drums. Let’s get it!
The term stave regards how the wood in the drum connects to form the 360 degree shell to which we apply finish and attach hardware. Stave construction hinges on trigonometry and the angled edges of vertical wooden blocks that connect to form a polygon with any number of sides.Cutting accurate angles is the key to a tight shell and solid construction. Normally, Spearhead snares are 20 sided before being rounded into a circle.
Once the staves are fabricated we connect them using waterproof wood glue and secure them as tightly as possible. One of the main benefits drum makers connect with stave construction is the low amount of glue that is present in each shell. In contrast to a ply shell which has multiple layers of wood laminated together with glue applied to the entire length on both the inside and outside of the veneer. The thought process is that more glue reduces the resonance of the drum when struck.
Finally when the polygon is securely glued in place we then true the bottom and top edges and attach it to our turning jig. There are multiple methods to do this including using a lathe, however for our small shop we implement the use of a router and jig system to turn the drum into a perfect circle with the correct outer diameter to fit prefabbed hardware.
In the end, we wind up with a perfect shell ready for drilling, snare beds, and hardware like the one you see above.
You’re asking yourself….what’s the big difference bro!?
Well, the answer is simple; every Spearhead drum is truly hand crafted from start to finish with the ability to customize at even the basic construction level. Additionally, you the customer come away with a one of a kind project that sounds badass and you get the confidence that you’re not getting some template/cookie cutter drum or drum set.
It’s like going to a tattoo shop and asking for a custom piece made exactly to fit you-it’s owner……and not picking something off the wall that thousands of other people have. Like I did on my 18th birthday with my tribal arm band…..
Thanks for reading. Keep Rockin!