I first tried my hand at reworking cymbals when I was 14. I found those first few crude experiments to be intriguing but it wasn’t until my late 30’s that I had the opportunity to explore this art form more seriously.
I started The Cymbal Project™ video series in spring of 2012 and it has been one of my most enjoyable projects to date. My original goal was to find an economically way to develop a completely unique and one-of-a-kind tone for my cymbal setup. I later decided to use my experience as a video producer to share my results with other drummers looking to do the same. The feedback has been amazing and I'd like to thank everyone for their input and positive comments.
Current episodes now require 3 to 5 sessions of filming and editing and this usually takes from 4 to 10 days to complete. New videos are released every second Friday!
I’m an artist based in Montreal, Canada who has spent more than 25 years developing a wide ranging skill set that covers many different disciplines such as video and music production, 3D modeling and animation, advanced photography and voice acting. My professional background has been focused on the fields of radio broadcasting, live event staging, visual marketing and industrial manufacturing.
•Cymbal repair & refurbishment (cutting & resizing)
•Cymbal cleaning (chemical polishing, abrasive polishing)
•Cymbal modification (re-hammering, lathing, patina treatment)
•Cymbal-smithing techniques (hammering & shaping)
•How to source inexpensive cymbals for experimentation
•How to make cymbal-smithing tools (hammers, anvils, lathe)
•Making custom cymbals from sheet metals (steel, brass, etc...)
•Experiments in forging & casting custom cymbal alloys
The Cease Fire Hi-Hats from Episode 28 after some refinishing...
18" Stainless Steel "Grin" Crash by Lance Campeau