At steambentdrum.com we specialize in crafting solid wood, steam bent drum shells. Highly renown for their tonal attributes, steam bent "single ply" drums are sought after by high caliber musicians and instrument collectors.
Once used primarily in drum shell construction, our steam bending process yields the ultimate in resonance, sensitivity and durability. This tedious method of crafting drum shells has been left behind, largely replaced by faster manufacturing methods.
With a focus on long term stability and overall quality, we continue to build drums the way nature intended, using solid wood. Our steam bent drum shells carry a lifetime warranty, guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Our most important ingredient is solid wood. We source the most structurally sound, unique and tonally appealing material to work with.
Every drum shell we build is crafted by hand and to strict tolerances. Our drums are guaranteed to be round within a tolerance of plus or minus one hundredth of an inch or your money back.
When it comes to steam bent drums, achieving a proper seam is an art form. Through years of research and development we have perfected a method to achieve the best scarf seams in the industry.
In order to maintain our strict tolerances, we make sure your drum is shaped at an "at rest state." We do this by machining all of our shells on a CNC mill instead of a lathe, where expanding and contracting jaws can distort the drum shell when retracted.
Because most wood species will not grow large enough to offer clean and clear boards for deeper drums, we join book matched pieces with a mortise and hardwood tenon. This allows us to achieve any depth you desire while insuring your drums are built to last.
From intricate inlays to custom laser engraved artwork, make your drum shell stand out from the pack with custom options only found here.
Whether you're an independent drum company looking to expand your brand, or a do it yourself drummer looking to create a special drum suited specifically for your needs, allow us to provide the perfect steam bent drum shell for your next project.