DW is The Original American Custom Drum Company.
The California Custom Shop is like no other custom drum workshop on Earth. Starting with only select, responsibly harvested woods, a variety of shells configurations are crafted to order. Choose from "Pure" wood shells such as North American Hard Rock Maple, Rotary-Cut Cherry, Heartwood Birch, Red Oak, or Hybrid Shell Collector's Series® options such as Maple & Mahogany and Cherry & Mahogany. Hybrid Poplar & Maple (DW Classics), Maple & Gumwood (DW Jazz Series) and Bamboo & Birch (Eco-X Project) are also available.
Add to that, a wide array of Grain Orientation possibilities that deliver a wider overall tonal range, enhanced low-end punch, and an unmatched selection of custom diameters and depths, to design the ultimate sonically-customized dream kit.
Some of the most recorded drums in history were made from more than one type of wood. Early American drum making saw the advent of mixing softer woods as the result of a less sophisticated manufacturing process. Today, wood species are combined to create a wider selection of sonic possibilities.
The sustain and projection of maple, married with the warmer quality of mahogany is fast becoming a favorite with studio and touring artists alike. This versatile wood combo comprised of mostly maple, with a mahogany inner and outer ply, is excellent for a wide variety of musical applications.