The Perfect Circle: Build Your Own Solid Shell Snare Drum with Jefferson Shallenberger June 10-14, 2019


$825 tuition, $200 material fee payable to Jefferson
Key Points:
*Understanding lumber selection
*Precise stave milling
*Lathe turning/sanding
*Hand sanding to excessive levels
*Careful drilling for hardware
*Set up and tuning of drums
*The ‘why’ we should care about any/all of these steps

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item


Making a snare drum is a magical process. Anyone who has ever played drums has turned one over to see the inner working of what appears to be a remarkably simple instrument. However looks can be deceiving; building the perfect snare drum has developed over centuries of trial and error. This outwardly simple drum is deceptively complex and requires understanding of physics, geometry, understanding wood and tonal quality. In this full week workshop students will indulge their neuroses in every step towards building their own solid shell, stave snare drum. Jefferson will guide students in lumber selection and its effect on tone as well as aesthetics. Students will carefully mill and shape the staves (think wine barrel) to produce a precise faceted circumference shape that will be turned on a lathe and sanded to a rounded shape. Jefferson will demonstrate how to layout and drill, finish and polish then install hardware to complete the drum. Once completed, students will be able to wreak aural havoc on the school with their new instrument.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.