Drum Making Workshop Information

What's Included in Each Workshop

  • Guidence from professional drum makers
  • One free leather head drum beater - leather colours vary
  • Instructions for care specific to our drums
  • Lifetime written guarantee on materials valid world wide

All our Native American style drum making workshops involve a short ceremony consisting of an opening prayer, connection meditation and closing prayer. We spend time to teach you about the medicine behind the drum so you have an understanding of what you are making from our perspective as it was taught to us by an elder. Our workshops provide you with a unique opportunity to make a quality Native style medicine drum with an experienced drum maker. 

General Information

Duration of workshop?
All drum making workshops run by us are completed within one day starting at 9am (unless stated otherwise). Finishing times can vary depending on numbers but usually between 4pm-5pm if not earlier.

What materials are used in the drums?
The hoops are made from solid steambent timber. We DON'T use plywood. The face and lacing for the drums are genuine rawhide which is processed and prepared by us. We DON'T use pickled hide. Traditional prayers are used in the preparation of both hoops and rawhide. The species of rawhide selected is specific to each workshop and is based on availability. We will not mix hides. All our rawhide are processed the natural way (without chemicals).

Don't be fooled - not all Australian drum makers use sustainably sourced materials which have been prepared in an environmentally friendly way. If you're looking to make a drum with anyone and you care about the environment ask the facilitator where the materials come from and how they are processed. All our drum making materials (hoops and hides) are processed by us using environmently friendly methods.

Payments

Bookings

Bookings are primarily done online after you have created an account with our online store. If you are booking for yourself and another person we will need the name and email address of the other person.

Deposits

Deposits of $100 are due at the time of booking to guarantee your placement. Book in online (unless otherwise stated) for the quickest and easiest way to secure your placement in one of our workshops. Deposits are non-refundable but transferable.

I've booked in but can't attend - If you have paid your deposit and due to unforseen circumstances you are unable to attend the workshop on the day contact us asap as you have several options available to you.

What if I've paid my deposit and the workshop is cancelled? - Paid deposits will be refunded in full if we have to cancel the workshop, or you can opt for a discount voucher to the value of the amount you have paid.

Final Balance

The final balance is due on the day of the workshop. Lay-bys are available on the balance payment only - please discuss this with us no less than a week prior to the workshop date so we can arrange the necessary paperwork. Please refer to our Lay-by Policies for additional information.


 

About Our Workshops

Our drum making workshops are a great opportunity for you to make your own personal rawhide drum using quality materials that have been hand processed by us. Because we process and prepare all our own materials from the drum hoops to the rawhide, we can better provide you with indepth knowledge of what you are making and how best to care for your drum long after the workshop is finished. An information leaflet is provided to you regarding drum care which we recommend you read and keep with your drum.

All our drums are made using solid timber hoops and genuine rawhide processed by Graeme from Wolf Drums and Flutes. We supply all the materials and tools needed during each workshop. Our drum workshops run for one day starting at 9am with introductions and an opening prayer in the Lakota language.

Benefits of Attending Our Drum Making Workshops

  • All materials are processed and prepared by us guaranteeing you quality products
  • Gain a cultural understanding of the importance and role of the drum from the Lakota perspective as it has been taught to us by elders
  • All necessary equipment is supplied for you during the workshop
  • The workshop will be held under our tuition and instructions providing you with information and guidelines about the process of your part in making the drum i.e we are there to guide you through the process during the day.
  • We keep the number of attendant down (less than 10 per workshop) so we can provide more one on one guidance during the workshop. We find that some people need more help than others.
  • All drum hoops are pre-sealed and the edges rounded smooth. Sealing the hoop protects the timber from water damage.
  • All drum hoops are solid timber, NOT laminated ply, therefore there is no risk of delaminating which is common in plywood hoops

About Our Materials

Variations in Rawhide

The natural colour, markings, transparency and thickness of rawhide varies greatly with each species. Below are photos of drums we have made over the years to show a sample of the variations in deer, horse, bison and goat. As it can be clearly shown even in one species such as deer the colour and range of markings can vary greatly from a pale cream to dark browns.

With this it is also our aim to give our customers a clearer understanding of what you can expect from one of our drum making workshops.

Deer Rawhide Drums Horse Rawhide Drums American Bison Rawhide Drums Goat Rawhide Drums

Available Drum Sizes

In our drum making workshops we generally offer a variety of drum sizes for people to choose from at the time of booking into a workshop.

  • Size options include:
  • Native American style drum 14" x 3" deep
  • Native American style drum 15" x 3" deep
  • Native American style drum 16" x 3" deep (default)
  • Native American style drum 18" x 3" deep

We are now also offering annual Shaman Drum workshops, which are 3 day live-in workshop offering you the opportunity to make your own Sámi shaman style oval drum.

Each workshop focuses on a specific animal 'medicine'. Rawhide options include:

  • Deer
  • Horse
  • American Bison (buffalo)
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