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wpe299d74a_0f.jpg 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 players.


Our huge range of tippers, all hand turned and offering a variety of effects.wpd3c89737_0f.jpg


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.

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Aussie Washboard



Made for the performer with a riffleboard that provides different tone zones.


Checkout the washboard whackers!


Click Here to listen to washboard

Being played.



Paint Stripping &

Restoration Service


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 2474.