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Nanoose Bay man fashions drums out of rare and unusual wood

By Emily Vance
Nanaimo News Bulletin
July 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brad Wood

If ever a craftsman was aptly named, it’s Brad Wood. Wood runs a silviculture nursery in Nanoose Bay, but lately his true passion has been making drums. Snare drums made of teak, bird’s eye maple, walnut and purpleheart grace the display he debuted at Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden this past June. A drummer and woodworker in his spare time, Wood first saw a snare drum made of purpleheart wood when browsing online. …Undaunted, he set about trying to recreate it. “I probably burned through at least a dozen different, cheaper woods… It took a little while — a month or two — and once I got everything set up… and realized I can do it, I just kind of got obsessed. With woods, actually,” said Wood. …Those interested can find Wood’s work via Woodshop Drums on Facebook and Instagram, or by contacting

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