At Carolina Drumworks, we respect the materials.
Our wood drum shells are made of exceptionally
fine select hardwood, and we strive to bring out its beauty.
When stains or dyes are used to lend tone or
color to the shell, we employ a complex hand-applied
blending technique used by fine woodworkers to
enhance the grain, then multiple coats of sealer
to stabilize and protect the colors.
Natural wood finishes, primarily in the solid
wood shells, are given two coats of a proprietary
oil sealer that penetrates, seals and protects
the wood, adding to the life and beauty of the
drum and highlighting the pattern and visual depth of the grain.
We offer two finishes: a high-gloss (our most popular finish),
and a new lustre finish that we developed to provide
a softer look while still preserving the depth and
contrast of the wood's color.
All Carolina Drumworks wood drums are also sealed on
the interior, for protection and durability as
well as for the sonic characteristics the surface
of the sealer adds to the inside of the drum.
Then they are given a dozen or more thin
coats of clear finish by hand, with progressive
wet sanding, also by hand. Finally, the drum
shells are thoroughly buffed and given two coats
of high quality wax to protect the finish.
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