WHO MAKES THEM
AND WHAT'S IN THEM?
Shaman Bob makes all of the drums featured on this site (except the Budget Drums) using the best all natural materials he can find. He features hoop drum frames made for Thunder Valley Drums with the requirement for sturdiness and lightweight qualities that will allow you to play your drum longer and not get tired!
He makes the frames for Lightning-Struck drums himself from lightning-struck trees. Rawhide on the drums is buffalo, goat, elk, cow or horse, depending on availability. All of these are combined into drums considered to be sacred expressions of the wheel of life and honored partners.
The Budget Drums are American made to Bob's specifications.
You can see our artist's beautiful drum art throughout the Thunder Valley Drums site. Glenn W. Lewis is a master. (Read more on the About page.)
He can paint your animal totem, too! Or any other image you supply (subject to his approval). Just choose the "Painting" option on any "Buy Now" button you see with a drum, and Bob will contact you to help you choose a proper painting.
How Is Your Drum Made...And Why Wait?
A lion's head totem and four guardians protect a treasure hidden within a secret chamber on top of a sculpture. One level below, a Celtic Tree of Life and depictions of shamans from various cultures are hand-painted on a sun disc.
(circa 2001, Thunder Valley Drums)
When you choose to purchase a Decorated version of a Hoop Drum, Bob chooses decorations for each drum based on the drum head color, the colors of a painting (if you have chosen to have your drum painted), your preferences (if you specified them to Bob), and other factors, like the availability of leathers, yarns, etc. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
A piece of lightning wood tied onto a hoop drum.
All drums on this site made by Bob come from or could contain sacred Lightning-Struck Wood (with decorated versions of Hoop Drums), a Thunder Valley Drums exclusive feature. You will receive a small piece of Lightning-Struck wood with your Decorated Hoop Drum (excluding non-decorated or Budget Drums), and of course all Lightning Drums are made from lightning-struck trees. Read more about L-S Wood here.
DRUM HEADS IN THE RAIN
Owning a drum made from natural materials is a partnership of care, respect and deep reverence. Together, the two of you are healers and seekers, and it all begins by taking care of each other.
It is in the routine and ritual of caring for another that the richness of life emerges. Any drum with a natural hide drum head will tend to lose some of its tone in rainy or very humid weather. It is a part of its natural qualities, and it is easily overcome by slightly heating the drum head a few minutes in the sun, under a lamp, near a campfire, or even with a hairdryer or rapidly rubbing your hand over the drum head.
You will receive full details for taking care of your drum at the time of your purchase.
Thunder Valley Drums
THE SMALLER A DRUM...
1. The easier it is to pack and carry.
2. The lighter in weight it will be.
3. The higher the tone will be.
THE LARGER A DRUM...
1. The deeper its tone will be.
2. The greater its heft will be, relatively speaking, as all of these drums are made of strong yet lightweight laminated frames.
Your Gift Includes:
ABOUT SOUND FILES
Hoop drums made with all natural materials will vary in sound because the animal hide used for the drum heads varies in thickness and texture. The sound files on this site, then, will probably differ slightly from the sound of your particular drum, although they are good guidelines. Also, your computer's speakers may alter the sound, too. And let's face it, Bob is a drum maker, not a recording expert!
Shaman Bob does not make cookie-cutter drums then throw one in a box to send your way when you order. He's far too old-fashioned for that!
He prefers to make your drum after he contacts you via email (he really does this!) to inquire about your intended use for the drum (like in ceremony, or drum circles, or whatever), and in that way to get to know you a little bit. It then becomes YOUR drum because your energy influences his hands when he makes it.
He also assures that your drum is properly and respectfully prepared for you through various rituals and ceremonies to cleanse and energize your drum.
And finally, others may have ordered drums before you ordered yours, so he makes them in the order that orders are received. Thus, it can take some time to make your drum. Once you receive your drum, though, you will know for sure that it was worth the wait!