LaBB Report

170604 Growing pains

Posted by Frank Kincel on

Alas, my attempts to avoid a wood shortage have... well... fallen short. I have tried to keep ahead of this, however, I am at the mercy of my suppliers and I do not want to make an inferior product than the one we have all come to enjoy. Rest assured, I am not sitting around twiddling my thumbs. I am actually utilizing the wait time to do some upgrades to the finishing side of stick making, along with some machine maintenance. The past few days I have been making yet another sander revision and the coming week will see development...

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Creating a LABB Drumstick - processes

Posted by Frank Kincel on

For those that do not know and have not considered the processes that go into making a drumstick, I wanted to share a bullet list of the process in the one man, one machine (lathe) shop. These processes are what makes it difficult to make very small batches of a drumstick and limit the ability for "one off" custom product. Find a wood distributor select boards for grain structure and minimum imperfections load, transport lumber and unload lumber at shop cut boards down to rough stock length- called "books" (while inspecting yet again) stack boards to acclimate MC (moisture content)...

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New LABB Report and thoughts for 2017

Posted by Frank Kincel on

Through the past few years of operating LA BackBeat, I have experienced many ups and downs and extreme learning curves. From the onset, I figured I could make a stick that would be comparable to the leading manufacturers products. I never imagined that my quality control and my knowledge of wood could yield a far more durable product. Although I am still working out some of the finer details of LABB drumsticks, I am continuously surprised at the life span. When I first started this endeavor, I knew it was going to require a lot of processes to yield a...

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LaBB new year '17

Posted by Frank Kincel on

New year, New LaBB report. So this year marks three years since I started making sticks. It has definitely been an encyclopedia of information learned, on top of what I already knew. There have been ups and downs in raw material supply and now there is an Moisture Content challenge with the large lumber order I recently acquired. There has also been camaraderie among other stick makers and also some rumblings of bigger contracts in the pipeline. Sticks have started to make traction in local markets @ Scott's Drum Center, as well as the southern region @ Lake Charles Music,...

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