Build Your Own Drum
Building your own drum for ceremonial use is the best
way to bring one into your life. It has your energy
from the beginning. And it’s fun.
Choose either a round or octagonal frame, nominal
dimension 15 inch by 2 ½. Head and lacing is typically
The frames are poplar, a genus of cottonwood, or if
requested, western cedar. Each block is double-pinned
for added strength.
Allow two weeks from the time the materials deposit is
made to build your drum.
Round frames are constructed with 28 blocks, each
pinned twice with oak dowel. Octagonal frames are also
I buy whole hides and cut the heads and lacing myself.
If you prefer a different style hand drum, hide, or
dimension, please send a note for a quote.
Octagonal materials deposit:
Octagonal workshop tuition:
Octagonal paid in full:
Round materials deposit:
Round workshop tuition:
Round paid in full:
Add $31.00 for
buffalo head & lacing
Send a note to:
and we’ll make it happen.