In the summer of 2006, Paul made his first drum with a handsaw and a borrowed set of chisels. That year he built 4 drums and gave 3 away. Since that summer, he has experimented with many shapes and sizes of hand percussion, as well as moving up to furniture construction. In 2008, Stephen and Paul built Cajon #8 for Stephen to play at acoustic shows with his band Heavens to Betsy. As the 23 original cajons (and the congos, bongos, bodhrans, and djembes) got around, people started asking where they could get one, and Index Drums was born. Paul is still building drums in his shop in Shreveport, and Stephen is travelling with his band, which is based out of Nashville.
Everything we sell is handmade in our workshop in Louisiana. The drums are built in small batches, and special care is taken to ensure that no two are exactly alike. Our drums have been played in live shows, house parties, church services, belly dance performances, and countless drum circles. They play well with traditional drums, and the variety of tones possible from each drum will not disappoint. Since the first run of cajons, we have been constantly experimenting with new forms of instruments, amplification, and manufacturing processes.