Hand Drums

We make our Native American hand drums old school, with steamed white ash frames which we make from scratch. They are almost round (98%), and made with wild deer, moose and buffalo hides.  These are very close to what a drum would look like from 500 years ago.

Each year during hunting season we gather hides from deer and moose that hunters are eating but don’t know what to do with the hide. (these animals are not the result of sport hunting) Generally throughout north america many wild hides are thrown in the garbage. We have developed a network of butchers who put the hides aside for us. We gather them, apply salt to preserve them and then at the end of the season ship them all to a Canadian tannery who processes half into raw hide for our drums and the other half into leather (please visit our Leather page).

Most of our drums are available in a natural tan colour or dyed either walnut or a range of colours upon request. EVERY DRUM INCLUDES A DRUM STICK!!

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  • Black Bear Drums

    60$ Canadian225$ Canadian
    The 16” has a huge bass tone that is so sweet. Very mellow yet formidable. (Sorry not enough skin left for a 16″) Our 14” is a little tighter in tone but still rich.  Both the 14” and 12” have been very successful in sweat lodge. (we do not recommend our 16″ for lodge) Our 8” is for sure higher in tone but still quite sweet and carries the medicine of the bear.  All of these drums are quite well greased and will not need applications of bear grease.  All hand drums will include a drum stick!  We will only have these drums for a short period of time…enjoy!! 
    (Please choose the size to display price of drum)

    Currently enough bear hide left to make 12″ and 8″ drums… more to come shortly.

  • Custom Image – Dyed Hand Drums

    55$ Canadian275$ Canadian

    Brand new for 2018. We have been playing with specific dyed images on our drums for a few months and are ready to put them out there. Once you complete your purchase please email us the image or an approximate image to [email protected] I will confirm with you when I see the image. If you are not sure, but you want a bear, or a feather or an eagle… let me know and I will contact you with a few image ideas for you to approve. Delivery for a custom drum is about a week.

  • Bear Hide Rattles/Shakers

    85$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Black Bear Shakers are made with steamed White Ash wood body/shell covered with Bear Rawhide, maple handle with bear fur. These shakers have very strong tones with lots of variety.  For a strong sound, shaking the beads across the rattle striking the ash inside the tone is quite loud and dramatic.  Shaking the other direction hide to hide it is much softer and subtle, while holding the shaker flat and rolling the beads around the surface of the rattle creates a wave/ocean effect.  These shakers will be just amazing in the sweatlodge.
  • Hand Drum Kits for Workshops

    85$ Canadian110$ Canadian

    Hand Drum Kits: Thinking about a drum making workshop but not sure who can lead it? Let us help. Our kits include an amazing instruction manual, a rawhide circle (large enough to wrap all the way over to the back of the drum) with holes punched, lacing long enough to pull the drum and weave a handle, one of our steamed white ash hoops, and a drum stick kit…which includes a moose leather head (to be sewn with the included glovers needle and sinew), sheep’s wool, maple stick and sinew/needle to tie it on. We are very used to dealing with small or huge orders. Got question?

  • 8″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural/Dyed

    40$ Canadian

    We designed these drums for the littlest drummer, girl or boy.  Perfect for infant up to 8 years.  Steamed White ash hoop with deer hide.  Includes a drum stick.

  • 11″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    75$ Canadian

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!  11″ x 2 1/4″ … Includes a drum stick, click picture for more info.

  • 11″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

    70$ Canadian

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!  11″ x 2 1/4″ … Includes a drum stick, click picture for more info.

  • 14″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    125$ Canadian

    14″ x 2 1/4″ Deer Drums are great for young singers, smaller adults or easy transport.  Drum stick included… Click on picture for more info.

  • 14″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    120$ Canadian

    14″ x 2 1/4″ white ash hoops, deer hide with deer lacing.  Includes Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 14″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Dyed

    190$ Canadian

    14″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide, small moose drum designed for sweat lodge.  Click on pic for more info.

     

  • 14″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    180$ Canadian

    14″ white ash hoop with moose hide.  Perfect small Sweat Lodge drum.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    325$ Canadian

    These drums are 14’ wide x 5” deep.  We are making them out of moose hide.  Includes a drum stick. These drums are medicine drums that are popular for sweat lodges but also used as healing drums.  Click drum for more info.

  • 15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Dyed

    225$ Canadian

    We designed these drums specifically for the sweatlodge. They are virtually guaranteed not to go flat, even through four rounds in very high humidity! We make them small so they fit easily in tight, crowded spaces. Our standard dyed drums are brown walnut but if you would like a different colour please write a note in the comment box during check out, or send me an email [email protected]  Includes a drum stick… Thanks Joywind & Rob

  • 15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    215$ Canadian

    We designed these drums specifically for the sweatlodge. They are virtually guaranteed not to go flat, even through four rounds in very high humidity! We make them small so they fit easily in tight, crowded spaces. Please specify when you check out in comments section, dyed or natural. thanks

  • 16″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    150$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ Deer Hide Hand Drum, Includes Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 16″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    140$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ White Ash frame with wild deer hide.  Click pic for more info.

  • 16” Cherry Mitered Elk/Wapiti Hand Drums

    175$ Canadian185$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ solid Cherry (mitered – 16 sided) Elk Hide. Drum stick included.  Click pic for more info.

  • 17″ Moose Hand Drum Dyed

    250$ Canadian

    17″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide.  Very powerful drums!! Our standard dyed drums are walnut but if you would like a different colour please write a note in the comment box during check out, or send me an email to [email protected]  Includes Drum Stick!   Click on pic for more info.

  • 17″ Moose Hand Drum Natural

    240$ Canadian

    17″ x 3″ White ash hoop with moose hide.  Our most powerful hand drum.  Click on pic for more info.

  • Bear grease

    20$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    Bear Grease is a traditional native american medicine. Black Bears have an unusual amount of fat on their bodies because they spend summers building up energy for hibernation. Over the winter Bears survive on this energy through their fat build up. Our Bear Grease is 100% pure Bear Grease.  It contains no preservatives or any other additives and must be stored in a fridge or freezer.  Jars are 125 ml. (4.2 liquid oz) or 314ml (10.6 US fluid oz)    At this time we are limiting purchases to 2 bottles per customer.

  • Leather drum ‘blankie’

    25$ Canadian

    The very best way to care for your drum long term is 1) bear grease treatment twice a year AND 2) keep your drum covered in leather all the time!!  We make beautiful moose leather drum bags but they can be outside the budget sometimes. So for a budget solution our split leather is perfect.  We select 6 to 7 sq ft pieces and this is plenty to wrap your drum with.  It can then live inside a canvas or plastic bag…..but the leather will protect your drum. 

  • Dog Rawhide Chews

    9$ Canadian16$ Canadian

    This product comes strongly recommended by every dog in the neighbourhood!! We have been making drums for over 20 years and very quickly started taking the scraps rolling them up, letting them dry and giving them to our dogs. There are no preservatives, colouring, flavour added….just pure Rawhide.  Dogs visiting our house rush in the door past our legs to grab a dog chew from the basket…..so one of our dogs suggested during a family business meeting that we add them to our web site.  Who were we to say no…so nice of him to share….

  • Gift Cards

    25$ Canadian200$ Canadian
    These Gift Cards can be purchase here online, and we will ship them to either you or the person you are offering it to. (during check out you can add that shipping address if you wish)  The recipient can browse our web site and either call in, email, or Facebook message us to redeem the value of the card.  (this will be explained in a note sent along with the card)