My bodhráns are constructed from laminated maple or birch plywood with adjustable birch plywood tone rings, to tension the skin, and allow for different climatic conditions and humidity levels. All my bodhráns are adjustable and taped as standard and will initially be available in clear matt-varnished finish, other colours/finishes of your choice will also be considered.
I am currently making 15 and 16-inch diameter bodhráns, that are approximately 6 inches deep, which I find optimal for sound, though other diameters and depths will be considered upon request.
Tensioning (A.K.A Tuning) System
Style A. The standard tensioning
system I use to adjust the tension or “tuning”
of the skin is another smaller rim of laminated
birch plywood which pushes up against the
skin and can be tightened or loosened by tightening
or loosening the bolts mounted in the blocks
with a star headed screwdriver. This system
is basically the same as the one created and
developed by my Father 48 years ago, which
works so well that I didn’t change it.
Close up of the Style A tensioning
Style B. I offer a variation on
this system using tuning knobs designed by
Darius Bartlett and Rob Forkner, this makes
it possible to tighten or loosen the skin
without the use of a screwdriver.
Style B tensioning system with tool-less
Style C tensioning system employs
a thinner integral tone-ring, which allows
for more resonance of the rim and a larger
playable surface area and greater potential
Style C system with brass blocks
and a thinner integral tone-ring
My new design is a further progression
in the Style D tensioning system, allowing
for a larger playable surface area of skin
and a more resonant rim. It uses heavier duty
brass blocks and the Darius Bartlett / Rob
Forkner tuning knobs, for tool free tuning.