Michael Outlaw, a custom furniture builder and avid drummer, was riding through Albany, Georgia one day and stumbled upon an 1880s plantation home being torn down. He asked the contractor if he could have some of the wood, and wound up loading up his truck with as much as it could carry. When he returned to his shop, the beauty and the aroma of the rare wood inspired him. He wanted to build a snare drum that was different, and this heart pinewood was the perfect fit.
Ever since that day, he has continued to search for more opportunities to reclaim this old wood from barns, houses, and mills built before 1900 to make his unique Outlaw Drums, which feature stave shells rendered from 300—500-year-old wood, cut with 45 degree bearing edges. “There is no bending or stress imposed on the drum shell that multi-ply and one ply shells offer,” Outlaw says. “Less glue is a big factor. Stave shells use less glue and are therefore more resonant.”