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Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Birthday bashing... for lack of a better drum based pun.

Almost 2 and a half years ago I stumbled upon quite the bargain, in the form of a Hawkes 1928 Ajax snare drum in need of a little work, I disassembled it almost as soon as I'd bought it ready for a comprehensive restoration, but lack of time saw the project set back and progress slowed.

To date I've produced a new lug tensioner and polished and lacquered the shell. Today however being my birthday meant I could give the project a much needed kick in terms of progress seeing some newly polished and restored lugs re fitted to the shell.

I'll post some new updates in the coming weeks as I intend to see this finally off of my manbench, as well as maybe some history of the drum and the company that built it.

The Carpenter

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