Available Species

The following is a quick reference of the characteristics of the many popular species I work with. Accompanying photos include an unfinished shell along with a swatch photo with tung oil applied to aid as representative of the color you might expect once clear coated.

To see pricing for the available species please visit the secure Shopping Site

I can build shells out of any woods available to me, so if you have a particular specie in mind, contact me and I will be glad to quote these as well. 

Currently In-Stock: Ash, Red Oak, Hickory/Pecan, Cherry, Hard Maple, Soft Curly Maple,  Walnut, African Mahogany, White Oak, Padauk, Purpleheart,  Bubinga, Sapele, Goncola Alves, Zebra wood, Wenge, Black Limba, Birdseye Maple

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Attributes are shown on a scale of 1 to 10.

Hardness: Rated in janka and represents density and weight in relation to other species.

Finishing: Easy being best suited for ease in achieving a smooth, glassy high gloss finish, whereas difficult being less suited for this type of finish without the extensive use of grain fillers. 

Please Note:  Due to Federal import quotas and/or the skyrocketing prices of several imported species - namely Rosewoods, Cocobolo and Ebony - the cost and availability of these exotic species may vary.

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Walnut

A domestic species that offers a wide range of focused  tones. Stunning appearance, ease of finish and a daVille recommended tonewood.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1010
Tone (Dark – Bright): 4
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 3


Ash

A domestic specie, very open grained and becoming an increasingly popular wood for it’s range of tone and open grain texture.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1320
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 9
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 10


Red Oak

A domestic specie. Similar in appearance and tone to Ash but with a reddish hue.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1290
Tone (Dark – Bright): 6
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 9
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 10


Hickory/Pecan

A domestic specie. Varying colors from white to tan with occasional dark mineral streaks for an interesting look. Good projection.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1820
Tone (Dark – Bright): 7
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 4
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Cherry

A domestic specie offering a wide range of tones. Good low end and focused mids. (Shown with purpleheart alternating staves.)

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 950
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


Hard Maple/Birds Eye Maple

A domestic specie consider the standard for drum shells. (Shown with walnut feature stripes.)

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1450
Tone (Dark – Bright): 6
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


African Mahogany

Good all around specie to achieve that warm, vintage sound. A daVille recommended tonewood.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 830
Tone (Dark – Bright): 3
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Soft  Curly Maple

A domestic specie offering a darker tone than hard maple. Full lows and mids.  A daVille recommended tonewood.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 950
Tone (Dark – Bright): 4
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 3
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


White Oak

A domestic specie. Flat sawn similar to Ash, but quater sawn known for its flakes or rays for a more dramatic appearance.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1380
Tone (Dark – Bright): 4
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 8
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 8


Padauk

An African specie, straight grained,  brownish red to bright red/orange. Considered a good Jarrah substitute.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1725
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 6
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Purpleheart

A Latin American specie know for it’s purple heartwood. Nice balance of tone and attack. Will darken to a deeper purple color as it ages. (Shown with maple feature stripes.)

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1860
Tone (Dark – Bright): 6
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 4
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 3


Macacuba

A latin American Specie also known as Amazon Rosewood. Has a verity of colors from pinkish red to purple brown, with multi color streaks at times. 

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 2580
Tone (Dark – Bright): 7
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 4


Bloodwood

A latin American specie. Strawberry red in color, very heavy and dense.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 2900
Tone (Dark – Bright): 8
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Sapele

An African specie that is a Mahogany look a like with a denser, finer grain for a more luxurious look and finish. (Shown with zebra wood stripes)

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1510
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 3
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 3


Goncola Alves

A Latin American specie, also known as Tigerwood. Hard and heavy with a fine texture and interesting appearance..

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1850
Tone (Dark – Bright): 6
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


Poplar

A domestic specie, White with some light brown to light green veins. An economical and highly under rated wood choice for drums. Great vintage tone and ease of finishing. 

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 540
Tone (Dark – Bright): 3
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 3

 

Bubinga (SO)

Also know as African Rosewood. Nice low end, great mids and attack. A daVille recommended tonewood. Shown with ebony stripes.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1980
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 2
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


Shedua

An African specie with similar characteristics to Mahogany, but chocolate brown in color, more straight straight grain pattern. Nice vintage sound.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 710
Tone (Dark – Bright): 3
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 4


Cocobolo

A Latin American specie. A highly sought after rosewood that is becoming increasingly scarce.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1136
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 4
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 4


Zebrawood

An African specie, with alternating soft and hard areas in the grain pattern offers a wide range of tones. A favorite among drum builders for its striped grain as well as being a daVille recommended tone wood.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1475
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 4


Wenge

An African specie, dark brown to black. Very porous wood offers a focused tone, good attack. 

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 1630
Tone (Dark – Bright): 6
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 7
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 8


Bacote

A Latin American specie. While not a true rosewood, it exhibits similar qualities, with elevated projection. 

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 2200
Tone (Dark – Bright): 5
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Ipe

A Latin American specie. Very hard, super dense with a fine textures.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 3684
Tone (Dark – Bright): 9
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 3
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 2


Jatoba

A Latin American specie, also known as Brazilian Cherry. Hard, with colors from russet to reddish brown, often with dark streaks.

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 2350
Tone (Dark – Bright): 7
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 5
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 5


Black Limba

Black Limba is a hardwood with prominent dark stripes, prized for its workability and excellent color and finish. 

Hardness (Janka 0 – 4000): 730
Tone (Dark – Bright): 4
Grain (Fine – Coarse): 3
Finishing (Easy – Difficult): 3