Welcome to the website of Ryan Shelledy - North America's premier gong maker.
My foray into this occupation started with building a foundry and casting small bronze bell plates and finger cymbals. In 2011, I began to make gongs from metals such as nickel-silver and sheet bronze.
All my instruments are 100% hand-made. My tools include various hammers, anvils, torches, cutters, grinders, etc. Most of my equipment has been modified or custom-built.
I feel I am on a journey in which the route winds around ancient sounds and methods and then off the path into something unique and different. In that sense, I am hoping that people enjoy what I have to offer along my travels.
Photo by Carol Damoth