Snakewood is one of the most valuable woods in the world, and also one of the densest and heaviest, making it ideal for drum beaters, particularly for the more long and slender traditional style tippers which Stevie Moises makes.
The Snakewood SW 4 is a traditional double ended style of beater, with 11mm diameter ellipsoid ends which taper very gradually to a 7.5mm mid section. 23 cm long and 21 grams. This is a classic and versatile style of beater for playing the bodhrán.
For comparison, the Makassar ME-4 is the identical length, weight and shaping, but 0.5 mm thicker overall. See the photo gallery for comparison images.
The beautiful markings of snakewood mean every tipper is unique – see the two different tippers in our photos! The finish is silky smooth, with a natural wax finish to bring up the full beauty of this wood. Stevie guarantees the quality of his snakewood tippers, to have an even surface with no cracks or splits and beautiful markings. On his own site, Stevie says
I am very proud and happy to offer the snakewood tippers in brilliant quality – an optical delight and a pleasure to the ear!