After several years of learning how to make handpans, including an introduction to construction from a top maker, I feel I've found my own style with these instruments. I've learned that nitriding, or case hardening the steel is not necessary to make a good quality handpan. For my OMMAH pans, I use a harder steel alloy than other makers. I protect the instrument from corrosion by applying several very thin layers of lacquer specailly made for metals (rather than for wood). My latest OMMAH pan is shown below. I've never seen colors like these in a steel handpan, have you? Now imagine the quality of the tones matching the soothing appearance and you have OMMAH.
Christopher of the Wolves
At first, making these drums was more of a business idea. But then as I made my first batch of 10 drums in July of 2013, I realized I had stumbled onto making a very special musical drum.