Master drum maker Tom Stewart, long known for his “Joyful Vibrations” drums, has just completed his latest offering in the D series line. It is the 52nd drum Stewart has completed in the series, adding to the more than 180 drums he has offered through Gallery 9 since he joined the cooperative over a decade ago.
Stewart is especially excited about this piece, saying “I am getting to the point in building these drums that I can look at a raw board and imagine the finished drum.” This artistic vision enabled Stewart to bring forth some striking mirror image patterns with the wood, and finish it out beautifully with different images all the way around the drum shell.
The details of Stewart’s hourglass-shaped drums are always amazing. This one in particular took 50 hours over the period of a month to create. The drum shell is made up of five laminated wood layers. The inside four are kiln-dried Douglas-fir and the outside finished layer is made from Ecuadorian teak wood. The steel anchor band and tuning hooks were electro-plated with polished brass. The tuning nuts, thread caps, and hold-down band are solid brass. Everything is hand-formed by Stewart himself, except the brass electro-plating.
The sound qualities are super, with a rich and deep sounding bass, wonderful tones, slaps, and high ringing rim shots. The beautiful resonance inspires comparisons to an African style Djembe drum and an eastern style Doumbek drum. Come on into Gallery 9 and try it for yourself!