Build a nominal dimension 15 inch round or octagonal
hand drum. Substantial pinned frames, elk heads (usually).
Your drum will last a lifetime if taken care of properly
You will learn the fun art of creating a dreamcatcher first on a five inch
metal hoop. After you’ve learned the weave, you’ll make a second
dreamcatcher on a natural vine hoop. I sometimes have stones or feathers
to decorate your work with and I encourage you to bring what you have
for decoration as well.
Build a hafted rattle (rattle with a “handle”) using
rawhide for the chamber. Dowel, palm, or stick
hafting used, but if you have something you’d like
to use for the hafting, bring it.
If you have a hair dryer, please bring that also as
the chamber must be dry before assembling.
By creating your own basic buckskin project you will know how to create a
pattern, what tools are needed, and about sinew and tanners bond. You will
get familiar with different hide finishes and learn a basic stitching pattern.