American Wood. Reborn.
Heartpine has been called the wood that built America. It provided the floors at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home, built the keel of the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and the caissons of the Brooklyn Bridge, and was even employed in the construction of Independence Hall.
Most old-growth heartpine, trees that were towering over this land when the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, was harvested over 100 years ago. Today, the only way to access this wood is to reclaim it from tobacco barns, plantation homes, mills or bridges built before 1900.
This is exactly what Michael Outlaw does to build his unique Outlaw Weathered Series stave snare drums. Run your fingers across one of these snare drums and you’ll feel the deep grain. You can see the years of use. You can almost hear the stories stored within. This is American wood, reborn.
Not only does this wood get a second chance at life as a drum, Michael Outlaw thinks the centuries of maturation make heartpine the best sounding tone-wood for his instruments.
With heartpine serving as the core, only the highest quality hardware, heads, and finishes are used on Outlaw Weathered Series snare drums. These drums come standard with tube lugs, triple-flanged hoops, and a pro-quality snare throw-off, all in your choice of black, chrome, or brass.
Other standard features include:
- A custom wood air vent
- Antique Outlaw Drums badge
- 16 strand snare wires
- Remo Coated Ambassador batter head, Clear Emperor bottom head
- Some boards have old bolt and nail holes, and sometimes the original nails are still set in the wood. Others still have the original saw kerfs. Whenever possible, we leave these historic artifacts.
- All drums are signed and dated on the inside to insure authenticity and quality
This Outlaw Weathered stave snare drum comes in a 3.5″ x 13″ size. More standard sizes are available. If you’d like to talk with us about a non-standard size, or a completely custom Outlaw snare drum, please contact Jeremy at 720.295.0446, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @GearPipe