Rain drums have many potential uses in your garden. Consider the following possibilities:
- Buy what you like! If you like it, what more do you need to know?
- Comparison shop! If you browse enough online shops, it will become very clear to you that rain drum merchants are going to the same artisans (most often in Indonesia, Thailand, and Burma) for their drums. Even so, you will be amazed at the disparities in prices they offer for essentially the same piece.
- Find a rain drum specialist. Someone who carries a variety of rain drums is probably getting better pricing from their Southeast Asian suppliers and are thus in a position to offer you the best price.
- Shipping Costs Matter! Don't just focus on the cost of the product. When comparison shopping, look at the total cost (product + shipping costs).
- Beware of "antique" rain drums. Vintage and antique rain drums no doubt exist and are available. But be aware that a skilled artisan can make the newest of rain drums look like a centuries-old antique. If you really need an antique rain drum, make sure you are dealing with a reputable dealer and scrutinize carefully any evidence presented as authentication of the age of the piece.
- Mix, don't match! If you want a rain drum you are probably going after a unique, distinctive design effect. Don't spoil it with a matched set! Rather, find two or more designs that compliment each other. Two or three rain drums of differing heights and motifs, when brought together, can form the basis of a beautiful display!
- Ask about casting. We prefer drums made from the lost wax method. The details are usually sharper. This is not to say that artisans using sand casting cannot produce stunning drums; they most certainly can. When all is said and done, however, the lost-wax casting method, we humbly submit, is hard to beat.