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The variety of wood in the world is truly amazing. We offer a wide range of the finest tonewoods, from all over the world, including Africa, South America, and Asia. A lot of great hardwood grows right here in the Pacific Northwest, too. We look at grain, color, density, and cellular structure when deciding which staves should be grouped together to form a drum shell. Oftentimes all the staves of our drums were sawn from a single board or group of boards from a single log, making for a bit of a "reunion" when the shell is glued together. This helps insure consistent cellular structure all the way around the drum, resulting in a more even and balanced tone. We often purchase logs and saw and season our own lumber for this purpose. While the world of hardwood can be vast and confusing, hopefully the descriptions and specifications listed here will help point folks in the right direction when it comes to which species speak to their spirit the way they like. For more information on the tonal qualities of each species, please see the "ashikos" pages, either lug or rope, located in the pull down menu of the "products" link in the top toolbar or on the homepage.

Woods Not Pictured:

Ancient Kauri The Kauri tree grows all over Maylasia, Autralia, ...
Bubinga Bubinga is one of the greatest woods of all time, ...
Cherry Cherry is a long standing classic American hardwoo...
Flame Cherry Flame Cherry is the same as plain (American Black)...
Flame Maple Western Flame Maple is the same as plain Western M...
Genuine Mahogany Genuine Mahogany is the only true Mahogany as iden...
Imbuya Imbuya is a rare and amazing tropical hardwood tha...
Koa Originally called Koa-ka by native Hawaiians, the ...
Lacewood Unlike anything most people have ever seen, Lacewo...
Maple Western Maple is a Pacific Northwest hardwood that...
Narra Narra is a great hardwood that has yet to really c...
Oregon Myrtle Unique to the Pacific Northwest coast, Myrtle grow...
Oregon Walnut This type of Walnut is called Claro Walnut, and on...
Pacific Yew  
Padauk African Padauk is generally the color of a blood o...
Pau Ferro Pau Ferro is mostly grown on plantations and is of...
Purpleheart When you just need wood to look purple, look no fu...
Quilted Sapele Sapele is an African hardwood that is occasionally...
Zebrawood Named for its alternating lines of creamy golden y...
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