Making steel pans (steel drums) is an art! They are made entirely by hand and require skill, patience and practice (as well as a strong arm and a good pair of earmuffs).
There are two main methods of making steel pans.
The traditional method, which uses a 55 gallon metal drum as starting material. This is by far the most popular method.
A more recent method which uses sheet metal as starting material.
There are ten steps in this process.
For information and pictures of these ten steps, click here
If you have read the ten steps and still need more details, I recommend you read the following book: