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Here’s a quick look at my latest work in progress. Wooden bongos! Or should I say cabongos? Whatever you decide to call them, they’re pretty cool. The tone is similar to that of wood blocks, but the playing style comes directly from the bongo drums. Each drum has a high and low tone, just like you would expect, and they will be tuned just like a traditional bongo. They’re so much fun to play and would make a great addition to any drummer’s arsenal.

Once I figure out tuning and mounting, I’ll definitely add these sweet wooden bongos to my lineup!

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Christmas 2013 + New Shop

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope the holidays have been great to you! My parents were nice enough to get me some beautiful new hand tools this year. After all the festivities, Matt and I set up shop in my parent’s garage/shop space. This is a huge upgrade over the picnic table at a friends house that I have been using.

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This is the shop as of now. I’m pretty pleased to have a space to work! Before I was working outside on a picnic table at a friends house.

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My parents gave me this pretty block plane. It works well!

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Here’s Matt, my brother, trying to get a picture of the inside of our latest cajon.


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A cajon in progress


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Everybody needs a place to relax while the glue dries!


Well, there you have it. That’s our new shop. I will keep you up to date on our progress here and on our facebook page.  I hope many, many great instruments come out of this place. Thanks for reading and merry Christmas!


-Mike Quain




Winter In Russellville



Well, it looks like winter is here! I’m thankful I don’t have to go anywhere soon; School has been canceled and I’m staying with friends who have a nice fireplace! The forecast says to expect 11.5″ of snow on top of a nice 1/2″ of ice! That doesn’t happen often this far south. Needless to say, there’s a general sense of panic around here. People are driving into ditches (because they never learned to drive in snow), branches are falling on cars and the grocery stores are completely out of bread!


It’s about time for a blog on this site! Today is November 28th, otherwise known as Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for a lot of things. I am able to spend some time with my family and brother before rushing back to school on Monday. It’s been nice. Matt and I spent the day finishing up some drum builds!