12x4 Solid Kauri Snare Drum

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12x4 Solid Kauri Snare Drum

Post  mty on Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:09 am

HI Guys - Just finished this drum which might possibly be the only kauri snare drum in existence? I got my father-in-law, who is a skilled wood-worker, to turn the shell out of a solid piece of dried kauri log and do the bearing edges. Bruce King finished the shell, drilling the holes and doing the snare beds. Lugs and throwoff are courtesy of our own Admin (cheers Mark) and the 12" 8 hole rims and the snares were imported from the US by Bruce. It's got a coated ambassador batter and a Remo snare head. I just used it at a gig last night it's got a wicked full bodied crack to it! I'm very pleased - Have a look at these pics:





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Post  Mark [Admin] on Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:21 pm

Whooaa - nice work man! I gotz to hear it. Not the only kauri drum in existance - theres a guy in canada who markets 'ancient 50.000 year old kauri snare drums' to the americans, he gets the wood from here somehow. Also a couple of guys in the south island who make them but it may very well be the only solid kauri snare out there - that is until you make my one! ha ha. BTW I edged the solid maple shell for you yesterday so will send it to your work this week.
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Post  mty on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:38 am

Hey thanks mate! Yeah I am talking to my Father-in-law re a 14" shell - he'd have to rejig his lathe to accommodate the larger diametre but i think it's do-able for him. That's hard case that I guy in Nth America is importing Kauri to sell snares to Americans. Anyways as far as the wood goes I'd say it's a full bodied darker sort of tone with a nice harmonic to it. I need to get it in a nice studio under a mic to see what it sounds like recorded. Thanks for the 1 ply maple too - i'm keen to take a look at this as well! appreciate your help here Mark. BTW i saw a turquoise glitter Weta snare in the Rackshop in the weekend and it looked beautiful. Just as good as the sonor's sitting there! m

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Post  Rabble on Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:05 am

Hey, I'm halfway through a 14x7 Rimu Stave Shell. I've glued, lathed, sanded it and cut the bearing edges. I've got the hardware from America. Im having trouble with drilling the holes, because I don't want to stuff it up and I'm not sure how to figure out where to drill the holes. How did you do it? What size snare bed did you go for?

Cheers for the help and your snare looks awesome!
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:59 am

Make sure you use a wood bit and have a scrap of wood (old shells are ideal) behind to prevent blowout. If you want an awesome finish - drill a small 3mm pilot hole first then drill the with bigger drill halfway from inside and halfway from outside - time consuming yes but on a snare drum its not a biggie.
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Post  Rabble on Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:48 am

Thanks for the help! Is it better to use a drill press? Or is o.k. to use a hand held? Drilling from inside the shell sounds tricky, and impossible with a drill press.
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Post  mty on Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:33 am

hey Rabble - love to see some shots of the stave drum! its a lot of work and skill there. Be good to have a contingent on NZ drummers with Kauri drums. cheers
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Post  Chris sez on Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:04 am

Wow nice job!, looks fantastic Smile

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Post  eamesuser on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:28 pm

A Kauri Solid,that has got to be rare, I can only think of two companies that offer them solid snares,one in Australia and Canopus in Japan,and wow are they pricey.I am based in the southeastern U.S. and have a kauri wood segment snare ,I bought the shell from rythmn king drums in Washington state.I went there looking for a shell to assemble a project snare and saw that kauri wood was available at a very reasonable cost,my Mother was from N.Z. and we had various items made from it around the house when I was growing up.The site contained a news article about how a 40 acre stand of felled trees had been found in a volcanic swamp,so I guess it became available for purchase to the U.S.This may have been the article that was referenced, http://www.ancientkauri.co.nz/index.php/zealand_ancient_swamp_kauri_wood. That being said my Snare sounds good,and the wood looks really nice,especially under stage lighting.

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