Potsdam Man Marches To Beat Of Drums He Creates

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Here's a story about a guy who lives loud. 

And life is good.

"I wake up all the time not dreading going in to work."

Tim Damon loves drumming.

About five years ago, he got an idea - why not try building a drum set from scratch?

"It started as kind of a hobby that's turning into a little more than a hobby," he said.

The workshop is something Tim was familiar with. 

He had made a living for himself building custom fishing rods. 

But this project was a whole different beast.

"Big learning curve, a lot of time, a lot of trial and error," said Tim.

From that trial and error, Damon Drums was born.

Now, Tim has drum making down to a science. 

His work is the epitome of hand-crafted.

A local guy using local lumber, spending weeks at a time creating the kind of drums he used to dream about.

"Really,really unique unusual stuff," he said.

So unique, in fact, that some well-known musicians have taken notice and become customers.

"Jason Sutter - I'm making making a snare for Jason Sutter, our local boy that's made it big. He's played with Chris Cornell and Foreigner. He's now on world tour with Marilyn Manson," said Tim.

If you're wondering how you can turn your own passion into a job, Tim says to go for it, but at first, don't quit your day job.

"I'm into this almost five years and I'll probably show a profit for the first year this year," he said.

The important thing Is to stay committed.

If you have the drive, you can make it work.  It just takes time," he said.

Sound advice from a businessman who built his own drum then marched to the beat of it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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