Deerskin Shaman Drums/ Frame Drums.
The drums of ancient Europe are something of a mystery. There are words for drum in Anglo Saxon and Old Norse, but no illustrations or instruments have been found. The Viking's neighbours the Saami (or Lapps) have a long tradition of Frame Drums, which are mentioned in Old Norse literature, and so our historical drums are based on Saami, Siberian and Native American examples.
These types of drum have become popular among Shamanic Practitioners, and so are often called Shaman Drums.
The natural skin head is susceptable to changes in humidity, and thus can betuned to a limited degree by dampening to slacken the head and warming in the sun or (slowly) by a fire to tighten it. The drum may have to be warmed up before playing on a damp day.
The skins are from Finnish Reindeer, American Horsehide, Scottish Red Deer or from local Roe, Sika or Red deer which we have tanned ourselves.
The lacing is always done in one continuous piece for the best possible sound quality and a very beautiful appearence. The lacing is itself made of the same rawhide as the drum head except for the circle of lacing on the large drums where a stronger rawhide is sometimes used for strength. No artificial sinew or other man made products are present in the drum. We like the lacing to be on display, but if you would like the lacing wrapped in suede buckskin for comfort let us know.
The hoops are steam bent solid wood, not plywood or other laminates. Occasionally multi piece polygonal solid softwood hoops are used, where this is the case they are tenoned as well as glued for strength.