About Drummond + Hammett
How did a guitarist and a carpenter form this unlikely partnership?
What started as a pastime eventually led to a realised passion for traditional design with an untraditional musical instrument. From experimenting with different production methods, cigar boxes and the resonance of different timbers, we’ve made the move from cigar box guitar enthusiasts to opening our own online shop where you can buy an authentic cigar box guitar directly from our Bristol workshop. Explore this website and discover our passion for guitar making – learn how we get such a big authentic sound from the packaging of a humble tobacco product.
Pat and Tom met several years back at a pub in east Bristol and quickly established they shared a mutual love for music, design and the blues. The two went on to collaborate off the back of a hair-brained idea the simple premise of which was ‘how can we make a living and never have to answer to the man?’.
When did we fall in love with the humble cigar box guitar?
“I’d been given a very old cigar box by a friend and asked if i could turn it into a ‘stomp-box’ that could be amplified for busking, a sort of percussive box that can be tapped under foot to achieve an accompanying beat. Whilst down the local pub one summer evening, we talked about how best to go about this and Pat talked of ‘Cigar Box Guitars,’ which I too had stumbled across whilst researching. We discussed the simplicity of the guitar design and crudeness of the style and how this was everything we loved about the blues.”
Why did we decide to start producing cigar box guitars online?
“We became aware that many of the cigar box instruments available to buy online were either of a low to medium quality or were made on a large scale in the USA then exported for sale around the world. Tom’s always held British timbers close to his heart and firmly believes that the quality of the wood used for a musical instrument is just as important as the craftmanship of the luthier. We started to experiment and realised we could marry the look and feel of a classic cuban cigar box with traditional British hardwoods and tonewoods.” You can read more about our passion for guitar making and selling guitars and discover which timbers we use for each instrument we lovingly craft and sell.