"DIY" Timpani Mallet Kits

Instructions for building your mallets

Ever wanted to make your own timpani mallets but couldn't justify purchasing the necessary items in bulk? Purchase only the items you need! This is a great way to learn and/or teach mallet making.

Kit prices include free domestic shipping! Starting at only $40.00.


15" long bamboo, naturally tapered, approximately 1/2" - 9/16" diameter on bottom end. All bamboo is sanded smooth, polished and paired, ready to accept any finish you wish to put on! These shafts have one knot in the middle of the stick and occasionally another node on the bottom. Option end-plugging is available.* Currently unavailable. Check back soon. Check out our Facebook Page for discounts in lieu of bamboo.
15" long carbon fiber shafts, from the same stock originally used for DKP Evolution Series timpani mallets but slightly thinner: 7/16" diameter. Straight, perfectly matched, and no finishing required! (add $10.) (Other sizes available upon request)
Cores: All cores are drilled perfectly centered on a lathe. Felt: Enough felt will be included to wrap the style mallet you wish to complete.

1" maple ball
1-1/8" maple ball (used for dk1 - dk3)
1-1/4" maple ball (used for dk5)

1-1/4" maple wheel (used in dk4-s)
1-1/2" maple wheel (used in dk4)

1" x 1/2" oak disc (Duff #1, #3)
1-1/8" x 1/2" oak disc (Some vintages of Duff #3)
1-1/4" x 1/2" oak disc (Duff #7)

1" x 1/2" natural cork disc
1-1/4" x 1/2" natural cork disc (Duff #5)
1-1/2" x 1/2" natural cork disc
1-1/4"x 1/2" rubberized cork disc
1-1/2" x 1/2" rubberized cork disc

1" x 1/2" hard felt disc (half blind hole)
1-1/8" x 5/8" hard felt disc (half blind hole)

7/8" x 1/2" leather disc
1" x 1/2" leather disc
1-1/8" x 1/2" leather disc

Custom leather and felt cores available upon request. Inquire for more details if interested.
Note: felt discs can be made thinner using a razor blade or custom sizes can be made in increments of 1/8".

Soft German felt - cartwheel wrap
American felt - cartwheel wrap
Thin colored felt - cartwheel wrap

Soft German felt - parachute wrap
American felt - parachute wrap (not recommended)
Thin colored felt - parachute wrap


Adhesive Felt: (add $1.50)

Thin adhesive felt for one pair of mallets
Thick adhesive felt for one pair of mallets

Spiderwire fishing line (used by DKP for tying mallets) (30lbs test, 8lbs diameter) (add $1.50)

Want mallet cores a la carte? Or to have your very own custom made timpani mallet cores?
Check out this PDF file and contact Daniel directly for ordering.
(Subject to change)

Services (Allow extra time for processing and shipping):


Plug end of bamboo or carbon fiber shafts (add $5.00)
Apply Tung oil finish to (bamboo only) shafts (Low Gloss) (add $5.00)
Build it for me! (Doesn't include finish and plug, includes thread.) (add $20.00)

Shopping list for the craft/hardware store: sheet of adhesive felt, dental floss or thread (or fly fishing backing line or Spiderwire), glue (two-part epoxy works best), tung oil or other finish, sewing needles, scissors.

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Free domestic (USPS) shipping
International Shipping or other methods

*Note: bamboo is a grass and therefore is not always perfect. All efforts are made to obtain the best quality materials. Some bamboo shafts may be lathed round on the core end for better fit.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Daniel Kirkpatrick at contact@dkpercussion.com.

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