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The Call of the Wild

The Big 20" Elk Drums

Feel the Power and Energy of Big Medicine

Includes Beautiful, Top Quality Drums
From U.S. Master Drum Makers

Options Include Plain Or Decorated

Shaman Bob personally makes all drumsticks and decorates all drums after conferring with you about your preferences for colors and materials.

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20 inch elk drum w custom drumstick 500.

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Hi, Bob,

I have received my drum (see TVD photo at left) and it is as amazing as I had hoped! The beads, the leather, and the yarn all give it the texture I wanted, but needed your expert eye to gain. We have enjoyed the aromatic quality of the herb pouch as well as the sweetgrass being beautiful and enchanting. We haven't attached the lightning wood yet, but we have heard the drum's voice now.

My youngest is like me. We are very spiritual. Today I set a 1 beat for 3 rests steady until she looked at me. She said, "That drum really calmed me down fast!"

It is a secret hope coming through that we can be centered so easily with it's booming voice on top of my own desires to grow stronger.

Thank you... Xo Love from our family to yours. --Kentucky


Greetings Shaman Bob!
I was so excited to receive my beautiful drum!! You did such a wonderful job with the decorations and colors,  and I could feel the love and care you put forth in creating the drum through its beauty and the amazing sound that it produces.

Not only am I grateful for your efforts in planning and making the drum, but also for the special items and accessories you included to enhance ceremonies and compliment my energy.

My husband loves the drum too!  We honor the Animal medicine the drum brings,  and we deeply appreciate the sacrifice the Animal gave for our benefit.

We have plans to visit the Serpent Mounds with our drum this summer based on a vision my husband recently received. We welcome any advice you may have for our journey 😊

Thank you also for the website link that you provided with tips for using the drum. We will make sure to take the best care of our precious gift!

I am confident that our paths will meet in the future, until then, may you always be graced with the Love, Power, & Protection of Great Spirit 🌟

Many Blessings ~ Ohio

Bob, received the drum today, WOW!  This is absolutely beautiful!  I haven't had much of a chance yet to play it much but I plan on doing that this weekend for sure!  Thank you so much for the beautiful work here and the way it was all put together just blew my mind.  My wife was making lots of comments about how big of a smile I had on my face when I was opening it.  I love all the extra's and the decoration, it is simply a beautifully put together package. Any tips or suggestions for the drum welcoming ceremony I will be doing this weekend? --Illinois


(Bob's reply: You can check this page, Item 2, for suggested drum welcoming tips).


Note: You can also see photos of this drum (left) in action with its owner. Click here to see them on the blog.

Bob: I am in receipt of the drum, and I'm very pleased.  It has a marvelous tone and we get on very well.  I'm looking forward to many hours of happy drumming.


Ahimsa. --Missouri


Hey Bob, the drum arrived today.  I love it.  💚


Thank you so much! 🙏


I blessed it more and spent some quality time around a fire with it at the exact moment of the equinox.  🔥🌀


Beautiful, thank you again and take care. --Mississippi


Received the drum today! It's wonderful, thank you. So happy with it!  -- Georgia

​(Left: Customer's 20-inch Elk Drum with Bob's custom drumstick. TVD photo)

Hello, Bob,

I received the drum and I’m just blown away.  Thank you very much for your work. It is truly a wonder and I look forward to working with the healing frequencies it provides. My first sit with the drum went straight to the heart.  Many many thanks. I would love to host a link to your site on our Green Heart Healings webpage that will be launched in about a week if that’s ok with you.  

Green Heart Healings intends to be a collective of seekers, shepherding one another along the path of self knowing, self acceptance, inner peace, and outward service.  Together we can build bridges between our inner and outer worlds through the sharing of Ancient & Modern modalities of healing and self exploration, shared community knowledge, experience, and continued support, with a dedicated commitment to safe and responsible practices by all facilitators in your service.  Share your knowledge, spread your medicine, follow your Green Heart. We Vibrate Higher Here 💚

Love wishes and power
-- Texas

Hello Bob!

The drum arrived today (24 August). I love it! Such a gorgeous deep sound with such lovely overtones! The beater is most excellent, and the pouch of herbs. :) Thank you so much.


Query 1: is the drum accepting of mineral staining a buckskin shirt or something? I work with a lot of mineral colors on other surfaces so I'm wondering. Query 2: I have hide treatment that I use on my bodhran. What is your recommendation for care of the drum skin. :)


(Bob's Reply):


So happy to know you have connected with that soulful drum! And thank you for your compliments. It's easy to see that both of us love drums!


I would probably advise against staining. I do not like to use anything that penetrates the hide once it's on a drum frame, fearing it could soften the hide. An exception would be to clean a nasty stain, as from something spilled on the drum, with a damp cloth and a tad of gentle soap. I outline this in my suggestions for drum care (


I definitely advise against using anything with oil in it -- could permanently ruin a perfectly good hide. Likewise, and not knowing the chemical content of the bodhran treatment formula you mention, I would stay away from it. I prefer to use a wee bit of shea butter to shine up a drum and for routine skin care-- by gently working it (a tiny amount goes a long way!) around the top and sides then briskly wiping it a lot with a soft cotton cloth (a worn out t-shirt is best!).


Hope this helps. Thanks again for your kindness and for granting me the honor of providing a drum to you.


Aho & Namaste, Bob

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