Currently viable crafts


Drum making


The making of drums. See the separate entry for percussion instrument making.

This craft uses products derived from animals – please read our ethical sourcing statement.


Status Currently viable
Craft category Instruments
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required



Drum making is having a bit of a resurgence, and are made in the UK by Henry Potter & Co. Drums Ltd. Cambridge Drum Company, Liberty Drums, and the British Drum Company.




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Issues affecting the viability of the craft


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Craftspeople currently known

There are 30+ UK makers listed on the Worldwide Drum Luthier directory

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