I saw, chop and chisel a cross section of a real tree to hollow out the frame. (In the old days, people used fire to burn out a frame's center, but the ancestors did not have to contend with zoning laws and fire ordinances! LOL!) But in the tradition of the ancestors, I honor the drum with each step through ceremony and reverence.
No live trees are harvested for these drums, only those already downed or destroyed by natural causes, mostly by LIGHTNING. That is the sacred soul of each one of these drums. They are reborn to sound THUNDER.
Aho & Namaste,
Please check this page often, as I will be offering
an additional Pow-Wow Drum in 2016!
Thunder Valley Drums
I guarantee you will never ever see drums like these anywhere but right here. NEVER. Please know that I do not aim to boast, but to merely help you understand why these drums are so special. Let me count the ways:
Nowadays it's hard to find anything made by hand and from all natural materials, right? Well, take a look at this very large drum. Large? OVER 6-feet around! Hand made? Absolutely! I have the sore muscles to prove it! All natural materials? Right from Mother Earth.
Six people can play this beautiful drum (photo, right) at the same time. That's why it's called a Powwow Drum, the kind of large drums typically made for large gatherings, ceremonies and drum sharing. You have probably heard of a powwow being held in your area sometime or another.
The frames for most of the powwow drums you see presently are made from either laminated wood or sectioned panels fastened together. Not so with the powwow drums I make.