Woodgrain Bodhran-14 Inch


Happy Customer

I have been playing the green 14” Shaw Percussion bodhran for several weeks, and wow, it’s a dream. I had been playing a borrowed Hedwitschak and was very used to the skin and feel. This drum feels even better and sounds amazing. It has really helped me to recommit to playing, and well, I just wanted to give you all a huge pat on the back. This is a high-level, high-quality instrument. I will strive to make my playing do the craftsmanship justice. It is an absolute joy to play. Deep thanks to all of you at Shaw Percussion.

Gerard Yun, Doctor of Musical Arts Assistant Professor, Community Music, Faculty of Music Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

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Made in Canada 14 Inch Tunable Bodhran

Our 14 inch in diameter and six-inch deep tuneable bodhran features a natural wood grain finish with a choice of Celtic-themed ribbon trim. Solid colour ribbon trim is available by request.  The Shaw Percussion bodhrans are constructed of a solid wood steam bent ash shell with a specially treated and taped goatskin head. The keyless tuning system allows for tuning on the fly with your fingers. No tools are required. Our standard bodhrans are built without a crossbar or arm cut-out to allow freedom of movement for the modern playing style, but these custom options are available upon request.

A Secret Hand-Curing Process for the coveted “played in sound.”

At Shaw Percussion, we use a special curing process to create a supple and long-lasting goatskin drumhead for our bodhrans, which gives them that prized played-in sound. In combination with the internal tuning system, our bodhrans will give you great versatility. Watch this video to hear the benefits of our steam-bent shell and head-curing process.

Celtic Drumming for the World Stage and Your Living Room

The Bodhrán or Bodhráin (pronounced bow-ron) is an Irish frame drum with roots that date back to pre-Christian Celtic societies. It is considered a frame drum, one in which the drumhead width is greater than its depth.  When Irish traditional music re-emerged as a world force in the 1960s, the bodhrán became a fixture on stage and has been further popularized by bands such as The Chieftains, Great Big Sea, and Kila.  The bodhran is not limited to one style of music. Modern players like Guido Pluschke, Rolf Wagles are exploring the use of the bodhran in many styles of music, including jazz, pop and rock.

Assembling all the parts to create a high-quality Artisan Bodhran

Our Shaw Percussion bodhrans are hand-made at our shop in Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. All the components (other than the decorative ribbon trim), including the steam-bent solid wood ash shells and tuning hardware, are all designed and built in our shop.

Note that the wood grain pattern and head colouration for each of our frame drums is unique. The drum you receive will be similar but not be identical to the images shown.

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 36 × 36 × 16 cm

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