The finish demands for a custom snare drum are surprisingly high. The snare drum to the player is a very personal thing, like a putter might be to a golfer. Once the bass drum establishes the One, the snare drum is involved in almost everything else. Players know the sweet spot of their drum and where to get other effects on the head. Tuning is crucial, as is stability.
“Hand rubbed” is the phrase du jour here, so the need was for a fixture to hold the thing once the inside was sealed (that’s what the yellow masking tape was for). No finish is applied to the summit of the rim where the heads make contact.
On the fixture the three shoes slide to make contact with the interior of the interior. The rims have doubled plies on them, so the shoes are trapped in there. They hold fine with no mechanical pressure required to get them snug. The dowels keep the shoes on target.
In one of my finish rooms I installed a socket (2” of hardwood, drilled) into which the dowel slides. It is quite simple to rotate the shell, hold it when necessary, and apply the finish and check for coverage with a good side light.
If you look in the dictionary under “niche market” I think you’ll find “finishing custom snare drum shells.”
But I’m ready when the throngs are outside hammering on my door in strict 4/4 time!
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"