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Custom series Macassar/Zebrano/Ziricote

Tee Drums Custom series. Hand crafted drums made in the UK by Alan TocknellTee Drums Custom series 14x7

Outer plys.
Ziricote/Zebrano/Macassar

Shell Construction: vertical grain Birch

Follow the stages of this build with the pictures below









Process of a Tee Drums shell. Hand crafted drums made in the UK by Alan Tocknell


Custom series snare drums

Tee Drums Custom series drum shells. Maple, Lacewood, Walnut, Mahogany. Hand crafted custom drum shells made in England by Alan TocknellQuick Peek at our new Custom series snare drums featuring real wood with Pearl or Abalone inlays.

From top to bottom...
Maple with Blue Abalone
Lacewood with Abalone
Walnut with WMP
Mahogany with Abalone

11" Tom Shells available to order from Tee Drums

Tee Drums 1111" Tom Shells available from Tee Drums.

Over the past few weeks we have received several enquiries regards to the supply of 11" drum shells. The 11" shell is something that Tee Drums can offer along with our already wide range of shells. 11" shells are available in all of our constructional woods to include Maple, Birch, Mahogany and many more.

For New Builds, 11" 6 hole triple flanged hoops are available as well as Remo tom heads.    

Veneer Book Matching

Book Matching Wood Veneers

We often use the term "book matching" when describing our wood veneer finishes but have been asked the question by many people ofWhat does this mean???

When selecting wood veneers for our drums shells we usually have to join them to make a wider ply for making a floor tom or bass drum. We take 2 pieces of veneer from the same bundle and then by flipping over so they face each other and form a matched symmetrical pattern. We continue this process until we have the made a ply to the desired size.

Poplar Burr Drums

Poplar Burr by Tee Drums. Book matching veneer by Alan Tocknell of Tee Drums, based in the UK. Custom drums made from the finest materials. Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut or any combination of these woods. Poplar Burr

We start by selecting the best pieces on the sheet, cutting it up, and book matching together to form a large ply that is filled with burrs. Each burr is taped in to secure it from falling out prior to pressing. Once we have joined out sheet to the desired size, it is then heat pressed onto a Maple or Mahogany, this makes a nice workable ply.




Once the shell is made there are so many options of finishing this wood, due to its lightness, its perfect for staining most colours


Amber stained Poplar Burr drum shell by Alan Tocknell of Tee Drums. using only the finest materials to construct our shells. Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut or any combination of these materials. All drums shells and drums are crafted at our mill in the Cotswolds, England Natural glossed Poplar Burr drum shell by Alan Tocknell of Tee Drums. using only the finest materials to construct our shells. Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut or any combination of these materials. All drums shells and drums are crafted at our mill in the Cotswolds, England   
Blue stained Poplar Burr drum shell by Alan Tocknell of Tee Drums. using only the finest materials to construct our shells. Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut or any combination of these materials. All drums shells and drums are crafted at our mill in the Cotswolds, England

Making a Distinction series Drum shell

Tee Drums Distinction series Snare Drum. Hand crafted drums made in the UK by Alan Tocknell. Using the finest selected wood veneers our Distinction series feature Marquetry inlays.The Making of a Distinction series drum

At Tee Drums we use only the finest woods which are mostly all hand selected by Alan personally. Selecting the woods for each shell is just the start, they then have to be cut into strips and then stitched back together with the inlays. This Distinction series snare is made up of 7 strips including the inlays, the picture below shows the outer ply being taped together with a special veneer tape that when dried will shrink and bind the connecting veneers together leaving no gaps.

Distinction series taster

Tee Drums Distinction series Drums. Hand crafted in the UK by Alan Tocknell










We will soon be introducing our 2013 Distinction series range of drums. 

All Distinction series feature our new round badge. the finest quality veneer outer plys with marquetry inlays.

With our extensive range of veneers and inlays, there is really no end to finish options so if you would like your very own custom Distinction design snare drum or kit, please contact us. 

Here is a sneaky view of what is to come...
Tee Drums Distinction series Drums. Hand crafted in the UK by Alan TocknellTee Drums Distinction series Drums. Hand crafted in the UK by Alan Tocknell 

 

Free Floating Snare Drum Shells

Pearl Free Floating Snare Shell Replacements by Tee Drums. choose from our range of Birch, Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Walnut shells. you can also include an exotic outer ply to your shell. Hand crafted drums by Alan Tocknell in the UK
PEARL FREE FLOATING SHELL REPLACEMENTS

We get asked alot "are our shells compatible with Pearl Free Floating Snare Drums?" The answer is YES! all of our shells can be made to fit the Free Floating cradles. We make the shell with a flat base and a bearing edge on top. You can choose any of our constructional woods (Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut or any combination of these woods). You can also choose an exotic outer ply from our range of finishes. We can Finish your shell for you with our popular High Gloss Glaze or our Satin Oil/Wax Process so all you have to do on receiving your new shell is drop it into the cradle put the top head on and play.

Distinction shells by Tee Drums

Tee Drums are introducing our NEW Distinction range of shells and drums. We have been working on wood combinations with marquetry inlays. Our distinction finishes are available on all our key wood or combination wood shells. 

If you would like us to create a snare drum or kit with your idea, please get in touch and we can turn your idea into your dream drum.  

Distinction shells are quality grade A veneers that are carefully book matched and cross matched and feature a wide selection of our marquetry inlays. Our outer ply is then heat pressed onto a backing veneer and ready to form into a shell (out outer plys are all part of the shells construction and not glued onto a ready made shell). 

Zebra by Tee Drums

Introducing our NEW Zebra Finish for 2013

Our Zebra finish is available in Vertical or Horizontal pattern on Tee Drums snare drums and drum kits. 

Zebra finish is available on all of our key wood shells to include Birch, Maple, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut and our combination shells.

 
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