Many people are curious about how I make my drums, so when I began work on a new one yesterday, I set up my video camera to record what I was doing.  I didn’t have anyone to help me keep the shot framed up, and I didn’t have time to do multiple takes, so this is pretty rough-and-ready, but if you want to see how it’s done, or give it a try yourself, here’s a video demonstration.

This 17 minute video is the version you could use to follow along and stretch the paper to make a drum of your own.  As I continue working on this drum, I’ll be recording the remaining steps and I’ll post the remaining video when the drum is complete (probably some time in the next two weeks—part of the finishing steps require drying time in between stages, so it can’t be hurried too much).

If you just want to learn to stretch watercolor paper on canvas stretchers, this video will show you how.

I’ll eventually make a shorter video for people who just want the general idea, but I want you to be able to follow along as I make this drum, so I’m going to go ahead and post this.