We do not make "Native American" style drums ......

We take our inspiration from
Northern European shamanic cultures 

 Let us explain a little bit why ....

Firstly, Native American drums use rawhide lacing to tension the drum,
whilst that's fine in the hot weather ... 

Over here in Europe the damp climate plays havoc with these drums, not only does the skin on the drum head get damp but so does the lacing too resulting in a drum
that you can not play for long outside..

 Secondly, its not our culture. 
We have our own traditions and styles of drums....
From the Irish Bodhran to the Sami shamanic drums....

Finally, there are lots of folk making
Native American style drums.
So we would rather leave them to it ...

With the drums we make we try to add a modern twist to traditional shamanic drum making, blending a high level of attention to detail with an element of artistic expression
and we hope this inspires others drum makers ...

Drums made to order

Shamanic drums bespoke crafted to your specific needs 

 It all begins with a hoop and a skin....

We use hoops that we make ourselves...

Sacred space is created to welcome the drums spirit....

Born on the land, to work with the land ....

Drum Birthing days

Join Phil and Lynne  to "birth" your own drum in the "Wren's nest" Yurt which is set in over 50 acres of private land outside Tenterden, Kent.
This unique experience is run throughout most of the year (April to September) on a one to one basis or in small groups. 

One of the most important tools you will ever need in your journey is the drum, the spirit horse to take you to the other-worlds. 
The crafting of your first drum is like the birth of a child, an experience that fills you with both wonder and love.

When asked to make a drum with someone the first step of that process is to ask them for what purpose they want to bring this “being” into the ordinary world.
As Animists we view our drums and rattles as living things, so it is important that we understand their intent.
To make a drum is easy, to make a shamanic drum that will enable its caretaker to travel outside of ordinary re
ality is a skill that few people possess.

We make frame style drums, the skin is Red Deer, we prefer the person we are teaching to make the drum themselves.

The skins come from the same herd of deer, and as our drums have grown in number over time they have created a tribe, or herd. Many times, in the drum circle we run here in Kent, people have commented that they could hear the Stags calling to each other as the rhythm flowed; it's like a song beyond the drumming.

The Birthing Process

We start by soaking the deer skin in rain water. The person making the drum is asked to bring with them plants and herbs that they feel connected to, this is soaked in spring water before they come and the drum is washed with that at the end.

Next, the maker sands the hoop; with this process they get to not only put their energy into the frame but get to know its very bones. After this we make a paint of Red Ochre and water and this is smeared onto the hoop with their fingers; this symbolises the blood of the drum. So, now we have the blood and the bones of our drum. The skin is then removed from the water and thanks are given to the deer who’s life was sacrificed, holes are punched around the skins edge and the hoop is placed on top ready for lacing up. We use Artificial sinew rather than raw hide strips as these become the vocal cords that allow our drums to sing, giving a much better resonance and performance from the drum in our damp climate. 

Then we become the Doulas at the birth of their drum, guiding and helping where needed. When the threading is done, then comes the tensioning; this is something we normally take over as it takes skill and intuition to make sure that skin and tension will work together.

When all this is finished we put the drum aside and start on the beater, the heart that makes the drum come alive. We only work with the indigenous trees of Britain so discuss with the drum-maker beforehand what tree they would like to make the beater from and for them to collect it before hand if possible otherwise we walk the woodlands and they ask to be shown the wood for their beater.

Once both beater and drum are completed a Journey is taken to invite the spirit of the drum to connect when they are ready. Finally the drum is awakened and welcomed to this world by being washed in spring water. 

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Shamanic Rattles

Hand crafted Rattles
Bespoke made in a wide range of materials

Please contact us if you want a rattle bespoke made 

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Touching the Ancestors

Touching the Ancestors
The Coldrum stones long barrow is situated not far from the Pilgrims Way near Trottiscliffe, Kent. The monument has been dated to the early Neolithic period around 4000 BCE.
The barrow was excavated in 1912, 22 human skeletons and various animal
remains were found. Nobody has ever been sure if this was a family buried, or a chieftain with his slaves enabling them to continue to serve him.
Some of the remains where removed from the Trottiscliffe church in 1984, where they
had been on display in the porch and now reside in the Maidstone Museum.

Many moons ago I wondered if it would be possible to take the remains of the people interred at the tomb back there and hold a ritual to honour their return. I do not want to have them reburied but just to have them placed inside the chamber for a short while.
So I e-mailed the curator to see if a visit would be possible.This would just be a low key visit, just to spend time with the bones and see if it felt right to continue with the project. The curator got back to me and we set a date.
On the 22nd of October I visited the remains with Kate, who is also interested in the whole idea of taking them back, arriving at 10 AM we entered the Museum and went to the reception, after a short wait we were taken to the cellar where the collections not on display are held. Feeling both nervous and excited at the same time we went down the stairs and found a table with the remains all laid out.

If there was an award for the coolest curator then I think it should go to Giles Guthrie, he was both informative and sympathetic to the reason for our visit. He allowed us to remove the bones from there bags and spend time handling them.
We spent over two hours talking and connecting with the spirit of these amazing artifacts, in amongst the bags of human remains was a collection of animal bones found in the central cist, deer, fox, sheep, ox and cat. the fox bone had been broken
open to remove the marrow.

The human remains included jaw bones from 6 year old and 18 month old children, male bones showing signs of rheumatic changes in the joints and bones from the foot of a woman.
The fragment of a thigh bone which shows signs of cremation held my attention, holding it in my hand I felt a strong connection and could almost smell the fire.

Also on the table was a skull which was on display at the church, the information on this says “A skull of a man from an ancient grave (not Coldrum)".

Of the 22 human remains excavated we have only tracked down these held at Maidstone but I am currently in talks with the Natural history museum to find out where the rest could my be held, my investigations on both the internet and with Archaeological societies turned up information on a skull being carbon dated at the moment, and there is evidence that some of the finds from post world war one excavations where taken to London, but the storage was bombed during the blitz and so lost forever.
A recent article on the Female skull and the fatal wound to t
he cranium has been found but more investigation is needed to locate this also.

During our visit we talked about the idea of returning the remains for a ritual to Giles and he confirmed that he would support our request and had no problem at all with allowing them to leave the Museum for that purpose.
The Story continues .......

Love and Unrest /|\