Care of Your Drum

When you've made your own....

Once you have taken your freshly birthed drum home it's important to allow it to dry properly before you begin to play it. This will probably take around three days. Please leave it at least three days, just be be sure. You will have experienced how extraordinarily stretchy deer hide is when you were making your drum... you don't want to accidentally stretch the hide more by beginning too soon - your drum would never sound right if this happened.

Once your beautifully birthed baby is dry then it's ready for childhood. Traditions all around the world (so I'm told) have it that a drum needs a childhood - this is certainly my experience. So play with it, in a child like way, rather than playing it. This may only last a week, perhaps a little longer.

At this point you are ready to wrap the handle. A short film about how to this can be found here. It's a film within Facebook, so if you don't have an FB account you won't be able to watch it. Sorry! I'm working on making a YouTube film of the same thing.

Once your drum has been played with then it's ready to be played in earnest. This is the beginning of a hopefully long and beautiful relationship with a Spirit Ally. Like all deep friendships it begins with an introduction and with permission. Ask the Spirit of Your Drum how it would like to be played, how kept and how honoured.

I wish you a long and wonder-full relationship.

When I've made it for you.

Your drum will arrive properly dry with the wrapped handle at the back already finished. It will have been played with and perhaps painted and is ready for you to begin to worth with as Spirit Ally.

Like all deep friendships it begins with an introduction and with permission. Ask the Spirit of Your Drum how it would like to be played, how kept and how honoured.

I wish you a long and wonder-full relationship.