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 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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  • Custom Hand Drawn Art Work- Dyed Hand Drums

    80$ Canadian565$ Canadian

    This new design technique came out of an amazing Powwow Drum we built this past winter….the client really liked our “lava flow” design (black dyed with red down the middle) and wanted a bear image in the middle.  We shared the drum on social media and instantly had more requests for other clan images.  These drums definitely require some client participation…First step, come up with the colour combination you would like in the background (can also be one colour with natural hide in the middle with art over it) next, what image would make your drum come alive?  When you are checking out (in the note section or email me [email protected]) please make your colour preferences….can be a double colour or a single colour for background dye…and then what animal/image would you like in the centre.   Delivery for a custom image drum will take a week to ten days. Add a moose drum bag to protect your drum and get $25 off the set. The absolute BEST way to protect your drum from humidity changes is to cover your drum in leather…the classiest way is with one of our beautiful drum bags.  (share your colour preference in comment box while checking out)

  • Hand Drum Kits

    35$ Canadian150$ Canadian

    Introducing our new 8″ and 11″ Kids drum kits.
    (we recommend 8″ kits ages 0-5, 11″ kits for ages 5-12)

    For years we have been providing the most amazing adult sized 12″ and 14″ drum kits and now by popular demand we have geared up and are now offering a new line of Kids drum kits. Like our adult drums, each kit includes a hand steamed white ash hoop, a deer hide with holes punched large enough to wrap all the way over to the back of the frame. Lacing long enough to tie up the drum and weave a handle, a drum stick kit AND instructions to help anyone, even a complete beginner pull an amazing drum.

    12″ , 14″ and 16″ Hand Drum Kits

    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.

  • Deer Hand Drums – Natural/Dyed

    40$ Canadian350$ Canadian

    Our full selection of Deer hide hand drums.  From our 8″ kid’s drum up to our biggest deer drum at 16″.  All hand drums come with a drum stick.  (Our standard colour for the dyed drum is Walnut… if you would prefer a different colour, please leave us a note during checkout). Add a moose drum bag to protect your drum and get $25 off the set. The absolute BEST way to protect your drum from humidity changes is to cover your drum in leather…the classiest way is with one of our beautiful drum bags.  (share your colour preference in comment box while checking out)

  • Moose Hand Drums – Natural/Dyed

    160$ Canadian425$ Canadian

    Our full selection of Moose hide hand drums.  From our 12″ drum up to our biggest Moose drum at 17″.  All hand drums come with a drum stick.  (Our standard colour for the dyed drum is Walnut… if you would prefer a different colour, please leave us a note during checkout). Folks often ask us about the difference between moose and buffalo drums.  The truth is that, they are VERY similar drums,  Both great big tonality, serious vibration and both used for healing work.  Both moose and buffalo are VERY good at resisting humidity challenges.  For meditation or sound work both are incredible. We generally send out a hard head drum stick with our moose and buffalo because the hard head pulls out the perfect tones of these drums. SO the difference?  I have been told that historically they evolved from the same animal…but moose evolved as solitary animals while buffalo are more family/group oriented.  Of our hides, moose are wild animals while our buffalo are farmed.  Feel free to ask if you have more questions on this subject.   Add a moose drum bag to protect your drum and get $25 off the set. The absolute BEST way to protect your drum from humidity changes is to cover your drum in leather…the classiest way is with one of our beautiful drum bags.  (share your colour preference in comment box while checking out)

  • 16” Cherry Mitered Frame – Elk Hand Drum

    185$ Canadian360$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ solid Cherry (mitered – 16 sided) Elk Hide (Selecting thicker hide between the shoulders). Drum stick included.  Click pic for more info. Add a moose drum bag to protect your drum and get $25 off the set. The absolute BEST way to protect your drum from humidity changes is to cover your drum in leather…the classiest way is with one of our beautiful drum bags.  (share your colour preference in comment box while checking out)

  • Black Bear Drums

    60$ Canadian400$ Canadian
    The 16” has a huge bass tone that is so sweet. Very mellow yet formidable.  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)
  • Buffalo Hand Drums

    225$ Canadian575$ Canadian

    Buffalo Hand Drums.  One of the most important tools in the Native tradition is the Buffalo Rawhide Hand Drum.  They have a huge bass tone and are great for resisting humidity issues. Add a moose drum bag to protect your drum and get $25 off the set. The absolute BEST way to protect your drum from humidity changes is to cover your drum in leather…the classiest way is with one of our beautiful drum bags.  (share your colour preference in comment box while checking out)

  • 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    325$ Canadian400$ Canadian

    Moose or Buffalo 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums. These drums were designed for the Sweat Lodge….but live happily in any humidity situation. They have a very tight, clean resonance. Very popular with Smoke Dance singers. Great medicine Drum with a little something special inside.

    NOTE: If purchasing a leather drum bag for this drum, please select 16/17″ sized bag.

  • Hand Drum Hoops

    25$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    White Ash Hand Drum Hoops.  Our drums are VERY unusual in that we make our own hoops.  These days most (virtually ALL) drum makers are using plywood maple frames made overseas or mitred multi pieced wood frames that are 8 to 12 sided.  My understanding is that a hand drum made 500+ years ago would have looked very much like ours (ok maybe not dyed. lol) but someone would have gone out, cut down a tree, split it and then bent it to approximately round.  We order white ask lumber in large dimension, and then cut it into lats of different sizes (for different hoops) and steam and bend by hand.  We glue the connection with a water proof glue and then sand/router all edges. Our hoops are 98% round.  Ash is a very strong wood so our hoops will not move or bend over time no matter what kind of hide is pulled over them.

  • 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. 

  • Hand Held Shakers

    25$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit – Deer Hide Hand Rattles/Shakers are made with a cherry wood frame and wrapped with deer rawhide.  Click photo for more info
  • 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)