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 £199

What people are saying

Allen Marfell
Mar 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed my cymbal making session with David. He's a really interesting and easy goin...

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simon whitehead
Feb 2024

I had a great 3hours with Dave. The process is very hands on and you really feel a sense of an ac...

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Feb 2024

In a workshop on the outskirts of Bristol Dave was kind enough to share his knowledge. Over 10 ye...

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Kaj Larsson
Nov 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with an excellent, dedicated and skilled host. I had so much fun lea...

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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 to the workshop 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?

Ask your question directly to Collingwood Cymbals.