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European Style Shamanic Drums
 
We make our Northern European line of drums for those who want to work with an instrument that is similar to those used by the ancestors in the old world.  Like our other drums, these drums have had been "smoked and stroked" through special techniques of construction, setting the head, and drying, developed by a master drum maker and an experienced jazz/rock percussionist.  Together, we make instruments that have balance, harmonics and tone, that are more comfortable to hold and to play, and that are in integrity with the animals and plants who have given their lives so that these drums may live. 

We start with sanding each hoop to silky smoothness, so that the head will slide easily and not bind on the hoop.

These drums are constructed with wooden pegs. The handle is a suspended piece of wood or antler, smooth to the touch and tied into the hoop with horse rawhide.  Because the handle is not directly attached to the head of the drum, these drum rings beautiful and true.

While our drums are drying, we smudge them frequently with sage, sweetgrass, amber & other sacred herbs.  This not only keeps the energy pure and beautiful, it lays down a layer of smoke that helps the drums be more resilient to weather and temperature changes (of course, all hide drums are going to have some variations).  We also talk to them and smooth the sides as they dry.  When the drums come to life, they just sound and feel wonderful!  They have a completely different and somehow primal sound which is hard to describe in words.

As with all drums, the larger drums have lower vibrations.  These drums come with a special soft beater to best bring out their incredible qualities.

 


  Size Wood Price

Horse

Horse is the traditional journey animal, used by shamanic workers in both the old and new world.  Horse drums are dark in color with a heady tone.

 

15 "
18"
20"
15"
18"
20"

 

Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Maple
Maple
Maple

 

$200.00
$220.00
$240.00
$205.00
$225.00
$250.00


Red Stag Deer

Represented in Neolithic cave paintings 40,000 years ago in Europe, the Red Deer, also known as the Hart, was considered so special it was reserved for royalty. Deer drums are light to medium in color and have an extremely resonant tone with sustained harmonics.

 

15 "
18"
20"
15"
18"
20"

 

Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Maple
Maple
Maple

 

$200.00
$220.00
$240.00
$205.00
$225.00
$250.00


Reindeer

The hides for our reindeer drums are imported from Finland.  Reindeer are strongly associated with Northern Shamanism and Magick.  These are amazing drums with an incredible sound and are light cream in color.  These drums are always custom order only.  Please allow an extra week for delivery.

 

15 "
18"
20"
15"
18"
20"

 

Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Maple
Maple
Maple

 

$240.00
$260.00
$280.00
$245.00
$265.00
$290.00


About the hoops:

Deodar Cedar is a variety of cedar that is found naturally in India and the Middle East but has become common world wide.  Like all cedars, it carries the energy of cleansing and protection.  Cedars have been used worldwide for everything from making temple doors to weaving clothing, The name Deodar translates in Sanskrit to �God�s Tree� and it is revered on the Indian subcontinent as a particularly divine tree and is sacred to Shiva.  Ancient sages lived in Deodar forests.  It is the national tree of Pakistan.  The hoops are made of a single piece of wood, steamed and wrapped, and are strong and light-weight.

Maple is common in both Europe and North America. It is considered a tree of balance, wisdom and prosperity.  The life cycle of the Maple exemplifies the turning of the seasons.  Maple is used to make many things including musical instruments, and is considered a tonewood, which is a wood that carries sound waves well.  It is a hard wood with a bright sound.  These hoops are machine made 10-ply and are heavier but extremely durable.


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Gaia's Workshop
Michelle Meister & Luke Martinez
Portland, Oregon
503-933-9038     gaiasworkshop@gmail.com