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Various Bodhran Tippers

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Project by Falconwood posted 727 days ago 1717 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow ljs here’s my first post, these are some of the various tippers I make.
A tipper is the stick used to play the Irish frame drum, the Bodhran.
They are made from woods such as Snakewood, Coromandel, Ebony, Cocobolo, African Blackwood, Pink Ivory, Brazilian Tulipwood, Kingwood, Purpleheart and Beech.
All the woods have different playing characteristics depending on the style of play.
Traditional players will often use thick heavy ended tippers of anything from Beech to Ebony and everything in between, depending on weight preference and also looks.
Modern style players tend towards slim tippers in heavy hardwoods, mainly Snakewood and Coromandel, depending on how much flex they like.
I hope you guys like them, the pictures aren’t the best…...sorry !!
Cheers, Gordon

-- If you can't be good.........be good at it !!!!! http://www.falconwood.nl





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doncutlip

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#1 posted 727 days ago

Very nice work, welcome to LJs

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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socrbent

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#2 posted 727 days ago

These look very nice. What is the standard length for a tipper?

-- socrbent Ohio

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Falconwood

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#3 posted 727 days ago

Thanks guys !!
Tipper lengths vary, trad style sticks are usually shorter about 22 – 24cm (average dia around 16mm at the ends to about 12mm in the middle), modern top-end style sticks are longer about 24 – 27cm (dia 10 – 8mm), with hybrid models anywhere in between.
Modern sticks are my main thing, long and thin made out of heavy hardwood.
Saying that, I personally use a hybrid/combination model out of Snakewood (24cm long, 10 – 9mm).
Cheers, Gordon

-- If you can't be good.........be good at it !!!!! http://www.falconwood.nl

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mtenterprises

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#4 posted 727 days ago

And I thought I was the only one that spun out tippers. Welcome. I do them for friends that play so it’s whatever shape and length they request. Every player is different for length diameter and shape. In my picture #3 down is one of my standard shapes I have a pattern for this one is black walnut. The top one I have a whole case of one friend gives them away at concerts. #2 is another standard made from pine un finished test piece and the botton was a test for one forone of the guys, don’t remember the wood. Hope I didn’t steal your thunder but I was excited to share with another tipper maker.
MIKE

-- See pictures on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/ And visit my Facebook page - facebook.com/MTEnterprises

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Falconwood

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#5 posted 726 days ago

Nice one Mike, some good looking tippers there !!! As for tipper makers, it’s good to meet another one…....there’s not many of us about !!
I started my business about a 18 months ago after having to give up work for health reasons.
Things are ticking (should that be tipping) along and it’s great to be working from home.
Be good, Gordon.

-- If you can't be good.........be good at it !!!!! http://www.falconwood.nl

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rkoorman

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#6 posted 726 days ago

He Gordon

Good to see you on Lumberjocks!!!

Nice tippers!!

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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Woodfix

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#7 posted 723 days ago

Very nice work, I love the timber contrasts. My only excuse for how plain my tippers are is that they were turned on a pole lathe. This severely limits the turning options. I am working on a treadle lathe at the moment (love doing things the hard way). At least this will have a lathe head even if it is still my foot providing the momentum. Hope this improves things.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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Falconwood

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#8 posted 723 days ago

Woodfix, thanks for the comment.
Your tippers are great, especially since they’re done the old fashioned way!!
I think a treadle lathe might be the way forward – if you set it up to use either foot you could alternate which leg you give a workout, anything is better than going to a gym…....!!!
Keep banging the drum….....cheers, Gordon.

-- If you can't be good.........be good at it !!!!! http://www.falconwood.nl

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