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What Do A Drum Beat And A Bird House Have In Common? Steve Hadeka

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Steve Hadeka is a drummer and woodworker based in Burlington. He says that the practice of stripping things down to their most essential parts, and getting rid of the fussy pieces, is essential in both crafts.

Steve Hadeka of Burlington is a busy drummer, well known for his work in several Vermont groups, including The Seth Yacavone Band, Lowell Thompson and Josh Panda and The Hot Damned.

Hadeka is also an avid woodworker, creating functional pieces with a mid-century twist in his studio space, Pleasant Ranch.

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Most of Hedaka's work, like this toy camera, are made from re-claimed and recycled wood.

When asked to describe one of his pieces (pictured below), he says, “This is a little keepsake box that I made. It’s made of solid walnut; it came from a single chunk of walnut. There’s a little drawer in there. Basically, you cut the whole thing apart to remove the inside drawer, then you glue the whole thing back together, but it allows you to keep the grain structure going all the way through the piece.”

He finished the piece off with an accent of funky blue coloring, giving it a 1950s vintage look. “I think there’s a mid-century, modern thread that connects most of my pieces. It’s just a lot easier than the fussy, Victorian style,” Hadeka says.

Most of Hadeka’s materials are re-claimed wood, often from his musician friends who have leftover wood after building guitars. He says this helps to push his creativity forward. “I’ve got to work with what I’ve got. These limitations foster creativity and give you unexpected results, and that’s a really fun part of it,” Hadeka says.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR9VDuw7hUE

Hadeka has a variety of how-to videos on his website.

Hadeka's two worlds – drumming and woodworking – connect in many ways. “The concept of design and the idea of stripping things down to their most essential parts, getting rid of the fussy pieces that aren’t functional and not beautiful, that’s a concept I apply in both designing a drum beat and a bird house.”

"The concept of design and the idea of stripping things down to their most essential parts, getting rid of the fussy pieces that aren't functional and not beautiful, that's a concept I apply in both designing a drum beat and a bird house." - Steve Hadeka, woodworker and drummer

Hadeka sees other parallels between drumming and woodworking. “I just love repetitive stuff. Some people can’t do that. I really just enjoy that feeling, like every time you stack another block up, you’re getting closer to a goal and that’s really satisfying to me,” says Hadeka.

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This keepsake box, carved from a single chunk of solid black walnut wood, exemplifies Steve Hadeka's mid-century style.

View more of Steve Hadeka's work on his website, Twitter and Instagram. 

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