A few months ago I asked the bodhran community to send me photos of their tipper collections, big or small.
The goal was simply to share our mutual passion for bodhran and possibly even enlighten others about tippers from around the world.
I figured I’d get a good response, but I didn’t anticipate quite so many entries so I’ve had to break the album down into several parts to showcase the collections best.
So, here it is, Part 2 of the ‘Tippers Of The World’ album. If you’ve sent me your photo, but don’t see it here or in Part 1 don’t worry. It will be featured in an upcoming instalment.
Enjoy the wealth of information shared here, but please don’t feel like you need to rush out and buy twenty new tippers. Many of the larger collections have grown over the years, but all you need is one really good tipper to get started.
With that said, if you’re looking for a new tipper I suspect these collections and accompanying descriptions will be extremely helpful.
For a larger view of each collection click on the individual photos.
Crieff, Scotland, now living in France
Attached photo of my collection: (Left to right)
- 1 – 3: Rosewood tippers bought as a batch on eBay for £9, I like them all, but #1 is my overall favourite
- 4: Came with my Victor Barral drum – quite heavy, for when I need to thrash
- 5 & 6: Bundle and click tipper from Brendan White
- 7: Home made bundle
- 8: First ever tipper , came with the Pakistani drum.
Homemade tipper roll bag – designed to be able to cope with a few more additions to the collection.
- Made in furniture shop-from unknown origin out of unknown wood 1993 : )
- Christian Hedwitschak ebony tipper, heavy!
- Seamus O’Kane ‘fiddle bow’ tipper
- Seamus O’Kane ‘clicky’ tipper
- Eamonn Maguire African blackwood stick, early 90′s
- Kebab stick tipper made by myself after Seamus O’Kanes spec. (individually rounded and burnished sticks)
- Brendan White, unknown wood, wrapped with self vulcanizing tape 2011
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- 1 & 2 – Maker/wood unknown, both ~ 9 inches. Came with a drum.
- 3, 4 & 5 – Ebony. Made for me by a friend here in Nova Scotia. ~ 9.25 inches (3 & 4) and ~9.5 inches (5)
- 6 – Made by Brian’s Bodhran Beaters in the US. Wood unknown but it’s very lightweight. ~ 10.5 inches – Great for triplets!
- 7 & 8 – Effects tippers by Christian Hedwitschak in Germany. #7 has thin skewers tapered at the end for a nice soft sound. #8 has thicker beech skewers for a higher, louder more clicky sound.
- 9 – Split tipper by Christian Hedwitschak in Germany. Made of ebony, it has a beech centre at the split end and has a nice subtle click sound. ~ 9.5 inches. Great for triplets too.
- 10 & 11 – Falconwood Tippers in The Netherlands. Not sure of the wood as I bought them secondhand, but I think #10 is ebony and #11 is snakewood. ~ 9.25 inches. They are very thin and light making them very fast and quiet if needed. I use these a lot when I want to play, but don’t want to disturb the rest of the household.
- 12 – Christian Hedwitschak in Germany. Snakewood ~ 9.25 inches. This one is really fast and light.
- 13 – Pretty rainbow laminate. Unknown maker ~ 9 inches. I wish I knew who made this one, I love it! Great solid sound, but not too heavy. This one, along with one of the CH effect tippers came with my drum. (purchased used from another BEPM student).
- 14, 15, 16 & 17 – Made by Alan Kirkpatrick in the US. #14 is rosewood ~ 10.5 inches, #15 is laminate ~ 10.5 inches. #16 is rosewood ~ 10 inches – this one arrived broken neatly in two (glued together by Hubby, but I doubt it will hold). I contacted the maker asking for suggestions on how to repair it if possible and he immediately sent me a replacement (#14). Great customer service! #17 is ebony ~ 9.5 inches and my current favorite. It reminds me of Michelle’s famous “birthday tipper”.
Valerie Turner – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Cormac Byrne Bodhrod
- Seamus O’Kane weighted fiddle bow type
- Couple of home made hotrods, one single ended and one double, weighted with a brass rod through the middle.
Left to right:
- Glen Stout
- Home made fiddle bow
- Bamboo skewers
- Bamboo skewers
- Brian’s JJ Speed Beater
- Merlin’s key
- Christian Hedwitschak snakewood
- Christian Hedwitschak ebony
- Chili pepper brush
- Mexican brush
- Alfonso laminate
- The Unknown Tipper that just showed up one day.
New South Wales, Australia
- Honduras Rosewood tipper (my favourite at moment) bought from Lee Allan maker of Beagan Irish Drums (also my fav drum), however I think it is a Falconwood tipper.
- Christian Hedwitschak Makassar Ebony split tipper
- Christian Hedwitschak Snakewood SW3
- Hot rod made by Aussie named Glen who I have met a few times at different schools/workshops!
- Brush tipper also made by Glen
- Glen again
- And again from Glen
- Split tipper from Paraic McNeela – irishmusik.com
- Weighted double ribbed tipper from Paraic McNeela – irishmusik.com
Just need to find myself some foam pencil grips. Not available in Australia Find it hard to get hand on a few things bodhran related (in particular good bodhran bags) as lots of people still don’t want to post to us down here for some reason. But that will not stop us…
Wendy Flannery – New South Wales, Australia
North Carolina, USA
Starting from the bottom:
- Beater that came with my Pakistan drum
- Rosewood by Roosebeck, Pakistan, ordered off eBay
The rest are self-made:
- double ended felt (cherry wood)
- small single end felt (East Indian rosewood)
- “stick” (Brazilian cherry)
- bamboo skewers
Patrick Conroy – Minnesota, USA
Lindsay Stark’s Collection#1
- 1. Cocobolo bell end 9”
- 2. Paduk-ball end. I really liked this one, so asked for a heavier one (it was my dogs favorite too)
- 3. Same tipper in Cocobolo
- 4. I sent Brian the paduk one to copy before Dave sent me another. Also in Cocobolo
- 5. Brian modified what I sent and made this one. It’s a bit shorter, thicker and made of kingwood
- 6. Purple Heart, Bell n Ball 9” 2 oz.
- 7. Old Growth Walnut (200 yr old tree, under water 150 yrs) 9” 1.4 oz. shows that all are 1 of a kind
- 8. Cuyler’s Ebony, T-Rod 9.5” .90 oz.
- 9. Ebony 9”. My first tipper bought from e-bay
- 10. Snakewood FW-02 SW 22.5 cm
- 11. Kingwood FW-02 KW 22 cm
- 12. bbq skewers ½ end cap and shrinkwrap with o ring. Sanded/Rounded ends 9”
- 13. 6 craft rods. Glued in the middle, drum stick wrap, sanded and rounded to protect drum skin. 9”
Psychedelic Tipper Wrap
Lindsay Stark’s Corgi Tipper Collection By David Robson
Above Left to right:
- Blk/Tan acrylic with Padauk wood kerry style. 23cm
- Blk/Tan acrylic with Padauk wood click tipper. 23cm
- Tiger HotRod with Lime Dowels. 23.5 cm
- Orange/White acrylic with Mountain Ash wood brush tipper 24 cm with brush
- Orange/White acrylic with Mountain Ash wood wooly tipper 23.5 cm
- Lisconnor – from Walton’s – made of birch, I think.
- “The Caber” – bought this from Dave Settles, my drum maker. It’s great for BOOMING BASS and it’s so heavy it’s like tossing a caber – hence the nickname. Perhaps Cocobolo???
- “Smokin’ Andy” – my perfect tipper made right in front of me by master turner, Andrew Glazebrook of Innisfail, Alta. Made of Figured Hard Rock Maple. It’s the perfect weight and balance for smokin’ triplets, light enough I can play for hours, heavy enough I get some real bass.
- My perfect tipper. Off-Centre – Another one from Dave Settles; rosewood, I think.
- Rattlin’ Willy – LOL – I watched a Michelle Stewart video about how to make a practice tipper and voila!
If you have any of the tippers featured in the collections or want to share insight that might be useful to your fellow drummers please leave a comment below.
Registration for BodhránExpert Platinum Membership Summer Class of 2016 is now open for a limited time.