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    Brian O'Connor inspects unfinished drumsticks and places them with similar sticks. They'll be paired for tone once finished.

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    David Crocker, vice president of operations at the Vic Firth Co., holds drumsticks stamped with the company logo.

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    It takes two pairs of hands to sew a cushion head to a bass beater at the Vic Firth Co.

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    Angel Paul hand-sews mallet heads at the Vic Firth Company in Newport.

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    Marcel Lamoureux on Oct. 1 drills holes into mallet heads, one of the percussion products made at the Vic Firth Company in Newport.

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    Vic Firth Company employee Amanda Farmer sorts drumsticks during manufacturing at the Newport plant on Oct. 1.

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    Stacks of dyed drumsticks are dried at the Vic Firth Company in Newport on Oct. 1.

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    Vic Firth Co. employee Derrick Basford loads hickory into a grinder to turn them into drumsticks in Newport on Oct. 1.

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    Vic Firth Co. employees at the Newport business work at different stations in the manufacturing process to transform hickory into drumsticks that are sold in 140 countries.

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    Hickory dowels are stacked before being further shaped into drumsticks at the Vic Firth Company in Newport on Oct. 1.

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    Staff photo by David Leaming Stacks of rough-cut hickory await the next step in manufacturing drumsticks as Vic Firth Co. workers cut and sort the wood.

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    David Crocker, vice president of operations at the Vic Firth Co. in Newport, explains how much hickory shrinks after it is placed into the kiln at left.

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    Drumsticks come off a conveyor belt into bins, where they are paired.

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    Chris Vaughn inspects the plastic tip added to hickory drumsticks at the Vic Firth Company in Newport on Oct. 1. The tips help keep drum surfaces unmarked.

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