Handmade Deerskin Drums and Rattles  Shamanic  tools and services. 


  Drums are handmade using local natural resources . Each Drum is made with the Greatest  respect    given to the Animals and materials  used.


 The Tone or Sound of your Drum will depend on the thickness of the Skin. The thicker the Skin the deeper or lower the tone. It is also effected by how thigh the Skin is stretched over the frame. A bit   like stretching a Guitar string.  The tighter it is the higher the sound. But the size of the frame will  have an influence on the sound. The bigger the frame the wider the drum and the sound will be lower.


 Being made of organic material your drum will be sensitive to temperature changes particularly  moisture. You can resolve this by warming  your Drum gently by a fire or  with a hairdryer.


Do Not leave unattended or for a long while near a source of heat.


To reduce the effect of moisture  you can keep your drum in a bag .

The skin can be sealed by oiling , waxing or  applying a moisture proof  spray if desired .The Type used for Walking boots ( however I have never felt the need to apply this myself. It will give the skin an oily type look)


If you wish to paint your drum we recommend Acrylic, Acrylic inks or oil paint.

(Again this could change the tone of you drum slightly.)

Oils take a long time to dry and it might be better to mix with a special drying agent available at most art  shops

We have added a piece of spare skin on the back which you can experiment with paint and water proofing


On Drying sometimes the skin pulls the frame a little causing the drum to be not completely round or flat. It can also move the metal hoop off its central point. This will not affect the sound or the Drum in any way. But tends to make your Drum unique for your purposes.



Whatever you do we hope you thoroughly  enjoy our Drum and build a wonderful relationship together.

Dunnwood Drums at [email protected]

Tel 01332 80984



There are many reasons to Drum here are just a few.

  •  You can just drum to enjoying it and the spontanious rhythms you can find Find out the different sounds you can get out of the drum and different rhythms.    

  • Play with other people just to enjoy the Interweaving rhythms. For dance and fire ceremonies. Ritual or religious ceremonies.

  • The drum can be used to cleanse sacred space as you would use a smudge stick or bell.  It can also be used to cleanse yourself chakras in the same way.

  • Diagnostic , as with cleansing auras , chakras ect listening to the rhythm changes.

  • Healing the drum can be used to Heal Through the sound of its beat  or as a Shamanic tool.  

  • Drums are increasingly used in music therapy, especially hand drums, because of their tactile nature and easy use by a wide variety of people.

  • Meditation, the drum itself can be use to meditate. The beating of a steady rhythmic beat can induce a trance like state for meditative purposes or to contact spirit guides and journeying. 

I would Imagine Most drum Makers will tell you similar ways of Honouring and Respecting your Drum Including how to care for your Drum . So it's difficult to recreate in different format the  information you need to know .

 Kind permission has been given By Nicholas  Wood to use his information on Caring for your drum

Nicholas is an Experienced Craftsman making Drums , Rattles, Feather Fans and other Sacred objects. His fine work is an Inspiration. He is a Shamanic practitioner. Editor of the Sacred hoop Magazine. You will find this information on his web site Shamanic and ceremonial Craftwork and in Voices of the Earth a handbook for the Modern Shaman  (Godsfield Press Ltd)

Your Drum and You

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You might have bought your Drum to Play alone or within a Drum Circle.

For some it might be bought for a more specific purpose.

You might just find that drum that feels right from the minute you pick it up, Where ever it's come from and whatever it's made of. That Drum might have been just waiting for you.

However, If you have or thinking of buying a Drum you might like to consider some of the following

 Are you buying forrposespecial reason. Is it For Shamanic work ,just to Play or join in at your local Drum circle.  


Is this Drum for particular kind of work only or can it be a universal Drum and used for all sorts of stuff.  


if you able to befor buying, Try lots, consider if they  they comfortable to use, light enough for you to hold does it sound right.  


Find out what there made from. Who made it? Was it made in a special way, within sacred space? Is it Fair trade? Where are the parts viably and ecologically sourced?


Once you have you drum and are using it for specific purpose you might like to Consider.


Is it right for others to pick it up and play?

Is it Ok to be on the Floor?

Does it need to be rapped up when not in Use?

Does it need to be housed in a special Place? When we had visitors from Mongolia They were horrified to see my Drums just hanging on the wall. They felt that others might be able to add their negative energies to these. Their Drums were kept in a special cupboard where no one could see them.

Sami people I believe have a place of honour designated for their Drum. Usually I believe behind the Central Fire


Does your drum need to be cleansed regular, Smudged or given Offerings (the Siberian shamans offer their drums food, Milk, Blood, Smoke Beer and alcohol.)

If your considering using your Drum for Shamanic work you might like to Meditate on your Drum and the work you wish to do with it. You might like to awaken the spirit of you Drum. (See link above) or create you own ceremony to empower you Drum.

 You migh not need to do all or any of the above. That’s all up to you and your drum but they are some things to consider.  Whatever you do we hope you have a wonderful, enjoyable relationship with you drum.

About Us Drums



Drums of Siberia Sami Shamans and their Drums Working with Rattles - by Jonathan Horwitz


Peyote-Rattles Waking the Drum