Combining a synthetic drum head with a solid aluminium shell has given the classic bodhrán a whole new vocabulary of tones from deep, soft and mellow, to bright and crisp, full of attack and varied expression. These instruments will take you well beyond traditional folk music into Jazz, Classical and World rythms as well as fusions beyond any defined musical boundary – anywhere your imagination can take you.

We have three sizes of BODdrums, our own metal bodhrán:  14”, 16” and 18” where the size refers to the diameter of the standard Tom or Snare drum head with the actual drum diameter being a little more than this. The drum depth is a standard 100 mm. All drums have a six point tuning mechanism.

Standard BODdrum with edge control power spot centre type skin

The 14” is available with a choice of skins and you will need to select which one you would like with your drum. Both the skins are made by Evans: either a black hydraulic or a pale silver-grey edge control with power spot centre. We’ve tried a lot of skins and these are the two we like best and supply as standard. The skin is removable, so you do have the option of swapping out our skin for one of your own – experiment and make the sound your own!

The 16” and 18” are only available with the black hydraulic skin, as the edge control skin is not available in the larger diameters.

And yes, the different sizes of drum do have subtly different sounds.

The black high gloss pneumatic drum head is wonderfully reflective!

The standard finish on our BODdrums is a matte black powder-coat finish, which gives a really cool and stunning appearance; no other bodhrán style drum looks anything like this. The powder-coat finish is to a full automotive standard, hard and reliable.

On the other hand, we can do just about anything for a finish:  airbrush, anodise, etch, plate or polish, you can choose.  Please visit our Custom Finishes page for details and examples, or our Uniques page for a couple custom finished drums we have ready to sell today. Custom finishes will cost more but your drum will be truly unique, both in sound and appearance.


  • Sizes: 14” x 4” or 16” x 4” or 18” x 4”
  • Handmade in England by Blackwell Original Drums (BOD)
  • 14” choice of skins:  either black hydraulic Evans skin or pale grey edge control with power spot centre
  • 16” and 18” have black hydraulic Evans skin
  • Matte black powder coat finish to automotive standard
  • Comes with a tuning wrench

Love the drums, but black not your thing?  Feast your eyes on our Custom Finishes and Uniques pages to get some ideas of the possibilities for customisation.

Interested in a beater or two to go with your new drum?  Take a look at our range of beaters.

Have a question, or interested in buying a BODdrum?  Download our Price List from the right hand sidebar, then contact us and we’ll help out.