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    What wood do you prefer to use when making the frame for a powwow drum and why?

    Also, how do you feel about steam bent plywood for a frame?
    A Warrior without character is nothing more than a brute.

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    Steamed bent plywood sucks. It is more aesthetically pleasing but has major problems when it comes to durability. The wood usually splits along the grain after some hardcore jamming. Plywood chips inside the drum don't sound too hot and too heavy a hide kills the shell as well. I have usually seen strips of wood nailed or screwed to two one piece plywood rings. The size of the strips varies due to personal preference. Usually hardwoods are what I see used in these parts. Of course you can use a chunk of hollowed out tree if you are serious traditional. Whatever floats your boat buddy. Good Luck.

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