Do It Yourself Hand Drum Kits: New to Tribal Spirit!! Our drum kits are amazing and extremely popular, but sometimes a group or person just really needs to do the whole darn thing themselves. We cut, steam and bend by hand the very best hoops out there. (most hoops these days are plywood or mitred wood). We take fresh white ash wood and trim to the perfect dimensions for the various sizes, steam bend, glue with waterproof glue, then sand smooth every corner and edge. As a dance hardwood Ash produces a wonderful clear sharp resonance in a drum. This year we were blessed with an abundant collection of wild white tail deer hides. Each year drumming hunting season we gather hide from local hunters who are feeding their families but would have discarded the hides. We gather and then process into either leather or rawhide. Our Drum Rawhides are really amazing this year. Big hides (12 sq ft +), clean, very few holes on only over the side, making these hides perfect for creating lots of drums.
For each DIY option available we have included one full hide with the amount of hand drums you will most likely get out of your hide. For example you should have no problem getting 7 x 8″ drums out of one hide or 5 x 11″ drums out of one hide etc. It is little more complicated with the 16″ though. Generally a deer produces only one guaranteed 16″ out of a hide. So we offer two options 1x 16″ hoop with a 14″ hoop (so your hide is going to produce 2 drums). OR 1 x16″ hoop with 2 x12″ hoops (3 drums). From years of experience I am picking out the number of hoops you should get out of your deer. We are including 4 nice sized rawhide scraps to help with your lacing so that you will be able to use the scraps from the full hide AND the extras we throw in to cut lacing to pull your drums. If you wish to add on another hide or more hoops you can add them separately.
Our DIY kit will also include a Tribal Spirit drum making instruction manual. You will have to cut your lacing and punch the holes, but our manual will help guide you along.