Ordering a Rattle
I make rattles the same way I make drums - either according to your instructions or guided by spirit as to their appearance and which materials to use. They are usually made from deer hide with a wood handle with up-cycled suede bindings. I can also make them from Horse or Goat hide and can use antler or bone for the handle. They generally contain either Dartmoor river stones or small sea pebbles, but I have also made rattles containing semi precious stones and a rattle containing the stones pushed up by a mole from underneath an Oak tree.
Prices vary according to the complexity of the design and how hard it is to source the materials; so for example, antler handles cost more than wooden handles, twisted wood is more expensive than straightish wood, horse is more expensive than deer. Each rattle is priced individually but as a guideline they are typically somewhere between £55 and £75. Postage is £8 within the UK.
You will find pictures of some of my rattles on the Pictures of Rattles page on this site or here on my blog.