The shaman drums in our shop are handmade.
Making a shaman drum means about 20 hours of loving and hard work, spread over 3 to 6 weeks to give the whole process enough time. Each shaman’s drum is a unique one-off, both in sound and appearance.
The drumheads are made of skin (rawhide).
Because skin reacts to heat and (air) humidity, the tension of the sheet can change and so can the pitch/sound. If there is a lot of moisture in the air, the sound can temporarily disappear from your drum. When it freezes, your drum skin can be super tense. When you choose for a fixed sheet you will have to work with the elements. If you choose a tensioned drum sheet, it is much easier to determine the sound of your drum.
One-sided shaman drums:
These shamanic hand drums are easy to handle; you carry them in your hand through the handle on the back. A hand drum is very nice to use during (trance)dance and meditations. Traditional, solid shamanic drum With these hand drums, the skin is directly stretched with strips of skin. The tension of the skin can therefore only be changed by carefully heating the skin with a hairdryer or moistening it with a clammy cloth or your own saliva.
Adjustable shaman’s drum The adjustable hand drum is particularly suitable for thinner skins. The tension of the skin can easily be adjusted to the changing weather conditions by means of sliders. This makes this handdrum ideal in our climate. The skin is clamped between two iron rings, which are tensioned with (synthetic) rope. Very suitable for thicker sheets. The iron of course makes the drum heavier. This shaman’s drum has a sheet on both sides that has a different pitch, so you can make contact with the upper world on the one hand and with the underworld on the other hand. Because an enclosed space is created, the resonance increases, which makes shaman drums produce a characteristic, powerful and full sound. Very suitable for use in groups.
Also here you have the choice between a traditional tensioned drum and a tensionable drum. A very large shaman drum, the pow wow is also possible.
Have a longing for a shaman’s drum, check out what’s right for you: Maybe you have a special bond with a specific tree or animal that you want to weave with your drum? Do you like working with the elements to keep your drum on tone? Do you work with your drum more often outside or inside? What are you going to use your drum for? What shape and size feels right for you? And what kind of sound do you hear? What else seems important to you?
good to know…is that: the sound box, or frame, is usually made of a solid board that is bent into an oval or round shape. Beech, oak, ash, maple and elm are the woods I prefer to work with. Birch plywood or a hollow tree trunk is used for the clampable double-sided drums. An animal skin is used as drum skin. Goat, horse and deer are almost always available. A different skin if possible.
The sound is also determined by the thickness of the skin, the type of skin chosen, the type of wood used, the size of the drum and whether there is still hair on the skin. For example, a thick sheet is more likely to produce a solid, massive sound, while a thin sheet gives a refined and longer lasting, lilting sound. A larger drum offers more different sounds, simply because the ‘playing field’ is larger. A hairy drum sounds deeper, but also less clear. The size of the drums generally varies in diameter.