Can You Etch It – Drum Sticks

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I am engraving a pair of drum sticks.

I have always been fascinated with music.  The skill at which musicians play their instruments and melodies they can produce is amazing.  Always wanting to play an instrument, my tastes are for the more escentric; the bagpipes and didgeridoo.  Regardless of your musical tastes, no one can resist banging on something to a rhythm.  I guess in that way, we are all drummers.

Drum sticks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights.  I would like to tell you I know all about them but alas, I am hopelessly ill informed.  Thankfully, there is a variety of information online.  The internet is truly a great thing.

The act of laser engraving wood results in a textured surface.  The wood is literally burned away by the laser.  Using this as an advantage, you can create a design for your laser engraved drum sticks that add a little grip to the sticks as well as adding visual interest.  If laser engraving is not your style and you are looking for more color, check out my buddy Jeff Jones at for personalized, full color drumsticks.  He just added some new designs.  Be sure to check them out.

Why a laser engraved drum sticks?

To a drummer, drum sticks are a vital part of his or her musical expression.  Why not make them look great.  I enjoy adding beauty and visual interesting to common items and drum sticks fit the bill quite nicely.  They can be personalized as a gift, as a trophy (for marching in the championship game…), or just to express your creativity.

Here is a video of a couple of drum sticks being laser engraved.  I wanted to showcase the ability of the laser to engrave completely around the item so the design wraps around the stick about 1 1/2 times and reads “May you always march to the beat of your own drum”.  If the video seems a little fast, it is because the playback is at about 1.5 times the normal speed to keep the overall length down to a few minutes.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a pair of drum sticks, a luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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2 Responses to Can You Etch It – Drum Sticks

  1. Jeff Jones says:

    Do you ever rub a color in the etching, that will make it stand out like they do on bats.

    • Thanks for the comment Jeff.  The only thing I have ever used that method on, which is also called color fill, was a Frappuccino bottle.  Most of the items I am engraving is either on bare wood or not deep enough to take in the color.  I’m sure the drum sticks would look great with a little color fill.  Make It Urz, a laser engraving company in New York, does some nice color fill work on the Kindle Fire.  

      Definitely an idea I need to work on more.  Thanks

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