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    I have used everything from electrical tape, tennis tape, ace bandages, panty hose, yarn and scrap material for drumstick heads. Out of all of them I like a combination of electrical tape for the inital weight and then scrap material. I then use white button thread to sew it all up.

    Here is my question... if you don't sew the leather to the handel what is the best type of glue to use to make it stick. Sometimes my handle leather comes off. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!!!

    The Big Indian

  • #2
    The singing group that I use to be with used the pre-made drumstick we got from Crazy Crow. The ones with the black handles and heads. We would cover the head with buckskin and it worked real good. The thing with those sticks you could grind the head or handle to your liking. If you just use the stick like it is the sound of the stick hitting the drum it slaps the drum and does not sound just right. We've also have used half duct tape and either ace bandages or panty hose and then cover it with buckskin.
    You have to try different styles because of the weight that you want. Anyway just my two cents worth.


    • #3
      just wait, you'll get your turn.

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      • #4
        i usually use driveway markers for the rod. they are stiff and don't wobble too much yet just enough. for the handle i like to glue a junior size golf club handle on the end (build up the end with duct tape to fit the handle) feels great after you get the rubber broken in a bit. i've been playing around with heads...i haven't found the right one yet, i think. i have a cloth covered head now.

        i also try to weight the butt end of the beater so i can balance it on a couple fingers where i would hold it.


        • #5
          Fiberglass, the lady at Wal-Mart looks at me with a "what the hell do you need with these?" look on her face when I walk up with a bunch of bicycle flags in my hands.

          The expressed opinions above are not particularly the opinions of the author's friends, family, or employer.


          • #6
            Hey guys!! It's not the cover that I have a problem with. It's the head itself. I have had a few go sailing by my head sitting behind the men. Someone gave a friend a drumstick that they thought would never break. I will say it lasted longer than most. It made it at least 6 months before going past my head.


            • #7
              hello guys...I have been lookin for this topic fo a few days now as I thought I could lend a hand here...

              been makin' sticks for many throughout the years...

              You can order drumstick kits from with instructions. I order their graphite drumstick rods and add my own from there and always a few on hand so that I can continue to make them and pass them on as gifts. They are available in northern and southern lengths.

              I start with contact cement and either use yarn or blanket materials for the fill of the head and the handle. For yarn, a layer of contact cement and a layer of carefully wrapped yarn, a layer of contact cement and a layer of carefully wrapped yarn...I shape the head and the handle as I go by carefully wrapping the yarn. I then finish by tying off the yarn good with a few half hitches I think.

              The blanket wrap is also a layer of contact cement and a continuing wrap of blanket material, contact cement and blanket... however, there is more freedom to shape the stick with the yarn.

              I then cover the head with a carefully wrapped layer of electrical tape that I either take all the way up to cover the stick or not. (depending on whether or not I will be finishing the stick with thread or chainette fringe-this is cosmetic-but appreciated by the recipient)

              For the handle, I cover with leather. My handles resemble the shape of a little baseball bat and I begin sewing the end first before I put it on...i then finish it on the stick by sewing with a stitch that looks like what you'd see on a baseball... use sinew and a glovers needle.

              for the heads, I have used a variety of coverings..fur, faux fur, or leather. When the sewing machine is up I use it and sew them almost all the way down turned inside out and finish it off on the stick with sinew and a glovers needle.

              if I am doing one of my fancy wraps, I wrap the stick before the final step of finishing off the heads and handles first-that way the wraps stay put under the ends.

              I have done some fancy wraps with threads or chainette fringe. Again, I start with a tacky layer of contact cement and carefully wrap the threads exactly next to each other up the stick. I have made sticks that incorporate the vietnam veterans colors matched an outfit, a drum or just plain looked cool. take a look at a fishing pole and you will see some wrapping styles. That is actually how I got the idea of wrapping them with fancy wraps. I can also do many colors of threads to do chevrons, and starbursts to create a cool looking stick.

              And then again, electrical tape comes in many cool colors...

              I think as with all crafts, the more time you take in considering construction the better off you will be.

              Some have brought me sticks to make made of wood but I don't know what kind it was, I just honored their request and made them the stick they wanted.

              they must hold up pretty good as I see them sticking around and being used.

              And I have seen the heads come off out there in the arbor-not the end of the world and usually gets a few sounds of laughter into the next push up! I like to hear that laughter from the arbor coming out in a song once in a while, it is good to hear you guys out there havin a good time!

              I hope I have been able to help someone.


              • #8
                I have to concur about the Crazy Crow sticks. They are much too light for my taste. I don't like really heavy sticks but those things don't make any sound at all.

                I don't know much about construction since I have only made a few sticks over time but the ones that I use have handles that are made of duct tape wrapped straight around the handles two rows high. It really makes a nice solid handle.

                As for the wooden sticks, I have really only heard of dogwood being used for them. Dogwood is very dense and very strong. It is often used for making bows, so it must be strong. The only problem is finding a clear, knot-free piece of it since it usually grows really crooked. Something like Osage Orange would probably work as well though since they are kind of similar types of wood.

                Anyway.... Hope this was useful.
                The responses are my own opinion and you know what they means.


                • #9

                  Wood for Drumsticks:

                  Dogwood, very durable. You generally have to make a drumstick out of a dogwood branch. This tends to be weaker because you have the sapwood, heartwood, and pulp.

                  Osage Oarnge, Much more tenacious than dogwood. Its in the locust family, no realation to the above. You can find lots of it if you live in the plains states. It was planted as winbreaks during the dust bowl.

                  Hickory: This is another all around tuogh wood. you would want to split you stick out of a log and carve it to get the most durable variety. Hickory is a all around tough, flexible wood.

                  Hope this helps

                  Fiberglass is easier

                  The Hornet


                  • #10

                    Dennis Coan huh! hes got some pretty good gourd dance songs.



                    • #11
                      I truely appreciate your kind gesture, honestly. But I have too many sticks as it is and have gotten kinda picky about my sticks. I had a whole bag full of sticks and my friends from NC jacked every last one of them. At one dance, they cleaned me out. I was bummed. I still see them every time I sing with them, some have had a little first aid if you dig what I mean. Again, I appreciate the offer, but I really have no business getting attatched to another stick.
                      The expressed opinions above are not particularly the opinions of the author's friends, family, or employer.


                      • #12
                        Free Drum stick! where do I sign?
                        I've been lookin for a really thin rod "whippy" stick for some time. semi hard head..Hook me up Brother!!

                        Take care


                        • #13
                          I would be willing to try one of your sticks out SDinAZ. If I make the cut on timing I prefer one about 21" mid size handle and mid weight head. Aho for the offer.

                          "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                          "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda

                          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.


                          • #14
                            Hey, am I to late? I sure could use a good nine drum stick. I can hear it now...oh my black jack daisy.......

                            Tha-ke'-tha-pi Wa-kon-ta


                            • #15
                              " These six are just some free test sticks I'm putting out to see what the consensus is on my work, how well they hold up, you all had your chance, but six is the cut off point for the sticks, better luck next time!) "

                              I see you finally found a use for all those Firestone tire cores!
                              Cat & Dog ...Another white meat.


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