Opening Up Cymbal Making
As you may be aware, I've had plenty of internal debates about sharing the "secrets" of cymbal making, and how to approach the metal when working as a cymbalsmith.
I've always given time to the voice saying "don't share, don't give it away", and very often that voice is coming from others interested in protecting their process. However, the stronger voice for me has always been one calling for openness and accessibility in this or any craft.
I'm 100% self-taught as a cymbalsmith, and my knowledge has been hard-won. I prefer a universe of inclusivity, sharing and support. Granted, I run my Patreon where I really dive into my processes and methods, and teach students directly, but as the world changes and the landscape of social media has put the details of any interest / hobby / career right under our noses, I feel the time is right to open the door and show how the growing community of cymbal makers are a warm, inviting, inclusive bunch. There's room for everyone.
With that in mind, here's my first publicly available YouTube cymbal making tutorial. There are of course many, many different ways of approaching a cymbal blank depending on the desired outcome, and this highlights just one collection of my own methods designed to achieve a certain result.