Designing your Perfect Drum

Welcome!  

On this page we will take you through each step of designing your Perfect Drum or Drum kit.  

Simply follow the steps, and write down your choices.  Then follow the links provided to purchase either your Custom Drum or Drum Kit for the Online Drum Making Course.

Happy drum selection!

Step 1:  Select your Size

When selecting your drum size, there are a few things to consider.  

1.  Weight of your drum.  

Consider what you will use your drum for.  When doing drumming meditations or long song circles, a Heavy drum like an 18" will tire your arm.  Also consider your own body size and strength.  If you are petite, you want a smaller drum.  Arm strength can be built up over time, but you will need to practice regularly and increase the length of your drumming sessions. 

2.  What sound are you after?

The general rule is that the larger the drum the deeper the sound, however this also depends a lot on the thickness of your hide.  A 16" is a great all rounder as it is deep and not too heavy, however if you really want a large deep sound an 18" is the way to go.

3.  Application.  The larger the drum the more it will be affected by humidity.  So if you are likely to do many night beach drumming sessions, consider a smaller drum, which will also be easier to transport.

If you are using your drum indoors where climate control is easier, then a larger drum may be perfect.  You could also consider a tuneable drum if you are purchasing a custom drum from me.

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Step 2:  Select your Wood Type

When selecting the wood type, there are two things to consider.  

1.  Resonance.  The more dense the wood the better the resonance will be.  All our wood types have a good resonance, but some are better than others.  Below they are listed from least dense to most dense.  

Willow

Ash

Red Oak

Rosewood

2.  The Tree Energy and what intention you have for your drum.

See the different drum energies below:

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 Willow Tree

 

The Willow is associated with the moon, water and the goddess. She is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. She belongs to the beginning of spring and the first stirrings of life after the winter, the shooting of the first leaves. When used in a drum, it helps with the release of emotions and assists us in expression.

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Ash Tree

 

Ash is the world tree. It spans both the outer world of the universe and the inner world of ourselves.  Ash shows us that by knowing ourselves we will know the universe.  Ash brings us into connection with all that is.  It brings strength and endurance and can help unlock the door to inner wisdom and knowledge.

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Red Oak Tree

 

The Oak tree stands strong and steadfast, he is the guardian of the the gate between worlds, and holds the wisdom of the ages.

Oak encourages energy and assists with Manifestation.  He teaches us patience, and the passage of time, often times being the elders within the forest that hold the wisdom and teachings within them to be passed onto the next generation. 

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Rosewood Tree

 

Rosewood tree symbolises kindness and a good heart.  It assists in harmonising both spiritual and mental bodies.  Rosewood brings in the sweetness of life and encourages an open and vibrant heart.  The red of rosewood sits at the core of the tree and as such rosewood assists us in getting to the heart of things.

Step 3: Select your Hide Type

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Red Kangaroo

 

Kangaroo brings extraordinarily strong warrior energy for all genders. This warrior energy brings strength, leadership and decisiveness in someone’s life, and aids self-empowerment. Kangaroo teaches us that we have all the qualities we require to be empowered even if we are lacking in support and nourishment from others. Kangaroo teaches us to assess obstacles 

instinctively instead of staring at them endlessly. He assists in helping us be content with our role in the world and our community/family, making the most of it. We cannot create if we are constantly battling against our place. Kangaroo also teaches us endurance and timing, if it is not the time to birth something into the world, perhaps it is best to wait until the right time.  When all things are in alignment, then it is time to leap forward with full trust in yourself and the universe.

Deer

 

Deer is the totem of the heart chakra, it bring gentleness and the ability to move gracefully through life and obstacles. Deer has the ability to change directions quickly and the magical ability to regenerate. The Deer is known as the messenger, the Shaman that can cross the veil between worlds. The Stag represents the cycle between birth and rebirth, as he grows and drops and regrows his antlers. Stag is a way shower, a guide to the other world. 

He shows us the way through the veil and guides us through the unseen world. The amount of points on his antlers suggest the size of the orb he can carry, his orb is his world. The orb can be seen as a portal into other lands. He is our connection to the mysteries. Stag is a solitary creature for most of the year, but with his antlers comes his need to share. He encourages natural progression, stability and patience. He is the way shower, protector and helper. He also challenges us to find the truth in what we seek.

Grey Kangaroo

 

Kangaroo brings extraordinarily strong warrior energy for all genders. This warrior energy brings strength, leadership and decisiveness in someone’s life, and aids self-empowerment. Kangaroo teaches us that we have all the qualities we require to be empowered even if we are lacking in support and nourishment from others. Kangaroo teaches us to assess obstacles 

instinctively instead of staring at them endlessly. He assists in helping us be content with our role in the world and our community/family, making the most of it. We cannot create if we are constantly battling against our place. Kangaroo also teaches us endurance and timing, if it is not the time to birth something into the world, perhaps it is best to wait until the right time.  When all things are in alignment, then it is time to leap forward with full trust in yourself and the universe.

Step 4:  Extra Options
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Resonators

Resonators are small pieces of wood that have been added to the outside of the drum hoop.  They originate in Siberia and assist to extend the length of the Resonance or Vibration of Sound.  

These are available as a seperate item in the shop to order.  The handle can also either be woven or a branch of antler.

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Tuneable Drums

Tuneable drums offer the ability to tune your drums by tensioning them at any time no matter where you are, if it is a rainy day etc.  Flat drums don't sound great and when used for healing can actually cause harm.  

We have developed these drums over many years, and are very proud of this product.  They can be easily tuned with the provided key on the back side of your drum.  

This is a great option for Musicians, Sound Healers and anyone wanting a beautiful sounding drum all the time.

They can also be tunes to specific keys so that they work with other instruments.

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Weave

A woven back comes in many designs and colours.  It has a custom made copper lined bead in the centre for your hand hold.  The Weave adds an extra degree of tuning when making the drum, to assist with wet weather.  

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Branch Handle

The Branch handle is a great Earthy option.  The hide is stitched to the drum hoop and then the handle is added afterwards.  Handles can be made from tree branches, carved wood or deer antler.  Crystals can also be added to some branches.

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Step 5:  Choose your Weaving Colours

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Choose from a range of colours for the weaving on the back of your drum.

Receive 1 roll of Sinew for a 14" drum kit.

Receive 2 rolls of Sinew for a 16" or 18" drum kit.

You can blend to colours together in a 16 or 18 inch kit to create a mottled effect.