Make Your Own Cymbal

3 hrs

Whether you're a drummer or know someone who is, a cymbal made with your own hands is a fantastic addition to any drumkit!

Dave Collingwood is not only Bristol's only artisan cymbal maker, he’s one of only two cymbalsmiths in the UK.

In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn how to create a 16" crash cymbal out of bronze from scratch.

You will use learn how to use traditional hand-hammering techniques to stretch and manipulate a piece of bronze into a finished cymbal.

Once hammered into shape, Dave will show you how to use his purpose-built cymbal lathe to remove the bronze 'crust' and reveal the beautiful sounding, shiny-looking metal underneath.

What to expect:

  • A relaxed environment as you get to grips with some of the theory behind cymbal making
  • Hands-on practise at hammering and lathing
  • Everything you need will be provided, including all the safety equipment
  • Breaks for complimentary tea and coffee!

Leave with your own handmade cymbal, which you can use with pride!

Age restrictions: 18+

Adult (per person) £229
Two Adults ticket (Two people attending together - please select 1 ticket ) £399

What people are saying

Richard Bright
Jul 2024

Tea, hammers, B20, sound waves, tighten, loosen, squish metal, lathing, spiderland and a lot more...

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Jenny Durina
Jul 2024

Dave is an awesome instructor and it was a great way to spend a day. He was equally accommodating...

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Michael Kane
Jul 2024

I really enjoyed this genuinely enriching experience. Dave is an excellent teacher. He is gener...

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Rob Bull Percussion
Jul 2024

Had the best time learning how to make a cymbal

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How to get there


  • Parking
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • WiFi

COVID-19 guidelines

Hand-sanitiser and facemasks are available if required. Your host is triple-vaccinated and open to accommodating any measures requested to make your visit a comfortable one in the spacious workshop

On the day

  • Please feel free to arrive up to 10 minutes early - detailed address instructions will be sent once a booking is made.
  • Access is through a spacious furniture workshop, and up 2 flights of stairs.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Collingwood Cymbals

Dave Collingwood is Bristol's only independent cymbalsmith. He produces unique and bespoke high-end cymbals for drummers around the world. Dave's cymbals are entirely handmade using hammering and lathing techniques that he taught himself from scratch.

Dave's experiences allow people to spend time in his workshop under his guidance and learn the basics of cymbal making, while applying the techniques he has honed to produce a cymbal which can be kept and cherished.

Dave Collingwood

Dave is Bristol's only independent cymbalsmith and runs Collingwood Cymbals from his workshop in Kingswood. He enjoys being able to pass his skills and knowledge on through his workshops and by training budding cymbalsmiths around the world via regular sessions on Zoom.

Any questions?

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