I know you're a "keep it real" guy, but I'm still always nervous when presenting a negative opinion on a drum that someone's put a lot of personal energy into, no matter how constructive I think I'm being. Mixed metal finishes can work in some circumstances, but not often IMO. Good plan with the maple shellI love honest feedback Andy, Thank You.
Yes, spinning a lump like that can be risky. Imagine a 24" bass drum!routed first so I could spin it safely
Of course, each to his own, & sorry for the thread hijack, but I just thought I'd post a few pictures of natural solid shells in all their "grandma's kitchen table" splendourmaybe "the color of the wood" has reached its saturation point, and people aren't willing to spend premium money for the "grandma's kitchen table" look anymore
Dave, if your comment quoted relates to the three examples I posted, there was no stain / colour applied whatsoever. That's the natural colour of the wood, simply French polished (natural / bleached shellac) & waxed. The reason I posted them was to show that natural unstained wood can deliver on aesthetic.excellent examples... of a pro finishing job where the choice of stain/color was used to enhance the grain of the existing pieces of wood