John has a fantastic range of bodhrans with options including ‘roo or goat skin,
a range of exotic veneers, struts, cutaways and sizes to suit the fussiest of professional
Our huge range of tippers, all hand turned and offering a variety of effects.
Q. What sort of tipper should I use?
A. A basic tipper kit for anyone aspiring to be a good all round bodhran player is
a traditional hardwood tipper weighted slightly towards the bottom with a comfortable
grip and a small selection of special effect tippers to experiment with.
In a workshop on the banks of the Richmond River in Kyogle, in the Northern Rivers
area of New South Wales, Australia John McDowall works on designing and making bodhrans,
tippers, and musical washboards
John also offers a complete paint stripping and restoration service. Over 30 years
in the business has seen John restoring old cars, a church, lots of houses and thousands
of items of antique and colonial furniture.
Please enjoy your visit to this site!, check out the restoration photo gallery and
read the “Tall but True” tales.
Made for the performer with a riffleboard that provides different tone zones.
Ever stripped furniture or windows by hand? The latest plastic paints can be hard
to shift and end up costing a lot of paint stripper. Let John do it for you - save
time and money and get a professional result!
Call 0266322450 to discuss your job or drop it in to 14 Larkin Street Kyogle NSW