For the makers, by the makers
This project of tools for the makers started in a very natural way. As I wanted to learn making handpans/pantams, I visited a maker near me and noticed he had a set of dimple molds. That time I found out that my uncle had a lasercut company. So I asked him if he could make me and a friend of mine a set too. I learned myself to make drawings in Autocad and my uncle, superhero Laserman, made the dimple molds.
As I was working only with raw shells, I had so much difficulties getting the notes low enough that I ended up quitting my new hobby.
I gave my dimple molds set to my friend and since he didn’t need 2 sets, he offered me to sell them on Facebook. In just a few minutes he had 3 candidates, so I suggested I would ask my uncle to cut some more sets.
More people started asking for dimple molds, and soon other requests came in: ‘Could I make tonefield press molds? Sinking rings? Tuning rings? A gu cone? Magnets? Shells? Hydroform plates? Hammers? DC04 discs? Other custom made products?’ I just tried to satisfy the needs of these makers and never gave in until I made it. As I saw my project growing, I started having a vision of having a complete shop for the makers. People from all over the globe requested my products. As far as I know, I am the only supplier of all these tools worldwide.
In January of 2018 I took up the hammer again and when by coincidence I got a nitrided shell in hands for the first time, I found out that tuning wasn’t as difficult as I had always thought, when I only had raw shells to try on.
In October 2018 I changed the name from Handpanmolds to Panmaker, as I wasn’t just supplying molds anymore. I chose to use Pan-maker to avoid the discussion of handpan or pantam and to include steelpan makers.
As I am always willing to do custom mades, I don’t mind if a request is not even handpan related. I have learned a lot just by fulfilling peoples needs.
I hope you find what you are looking for here. Don’t hesitate to ask for products you can’t find on my site. After all, this project was made by the makers.