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The Gourd Rattle That Makes Itself!

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  • 30-Inches of real suede deer lacing in Pumpkin Orange, Turquoise, Red or White (Please specify color choice on PayPal order form or Bob will select a color for you).
  • Lightning Pendant (made from a lightning-struck tree) suspended on a copper coil with                                                                                             emerald chips.
  • Special bag with                                                                                       selected herbs for                                                                           smudging your rattle.
  • And a beautiful gourd,                                                                                      of course!



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Bonus When You Purchase The Kit!

Gourd Rattle KIT #2

​Difficulty: Easy-Peasy!

Order The Kit Now And Receive This Book 
By Shaman Bob, FOR FREE!

Make It Sacred: A Step-By-Step Guide To Making Shaman Gear, Vol. 1, contains fully illustrated instructions for how to make a gourd rattle, along with three separate sacred ceremonies you can perform to help activate and use this healing ally. It's like sitting in the TVD shop with Shaman Bob while the two of you make a rattle together!

Plain Gourd

$7.95 + $6. s/h

​to U.S. customers

Bob will email the book to you after purchase. 

Kentucky residents will be charged 6% sales tax at checkout.


​Thunder Valley Drums Shaman DIY Kits

Choose Your Gourd Rattle As A Kit or By Itself

Photo, above: Decoration kit includes bag with herbs, suede lacing, copper coil with lightning pendant and two emerald chips.

Below: Gourds come in varying sizes with adorable characteristics like spots, bumps, etc.

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"I just started with the creation of the rattle and I enjoy it so much, Bob. I am so admiring the lovely and so respectful way you describe the process for the creation of the rattle.

"The creation process is so peaceful and it's given me a very special thrill.

"Now I will focus on the sounders. I think about beautiful stones, beads and crystals. I have also some feathers of the hen pheasant to decorate it. I love it."

photo of a customer-made rattle from a kit by thunder valley drums
rattle made by thunder valley drums

More than 40 pages in all! Full Color Photos. Published by Blue Planet Publications. Retail Price: $2.99 (PDF version) Your free copy will be emailed to you the same day as your gourd kit is shipped. Or you may purchase the book for immediate download with the button below.

Don't Want The Kit?

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Make It Sacred: A Step-By-Step Guide To Making Shaman Gear, Vol. 1


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It's True! Mother Earth delivers the perfect rattle, and all you need to do is play it!


1. Kentucky customers will be charged 6% sales tax at checkout

2. International customers (including Canada)  please email for shipping rates. 

3. Decorating the Gourd: Can use glue to attach fabric, leather, etc. to gourd. Can drill small hole in end to add more sounders if you prefer. Acrylic paint is okay, particularly if you coat it with a clear finish (polyurethane, etc.).

The Perfect Gourd Rattle Decorating  Kit 

Gourd Rattle KIT #1

(Difficulty: Medium, But Free Book Helps!)

What's Included In Kit (see photo, left):

  • A bottle gourd scrubbed on the outside (you will need to drill holes in it to clean out the inside and to place a handle in it), averaging about 5 to 6 1/2-inches tall
  • 4-feet of deer lacing, more than enough for your project. (Lacing color chosen from available stock.)
  • A cross piece to help hold in the handle.
  • A wooden "handle," which is a real tree limb/branch. Circumference will vary. Length may vary a bit, too, but will be long enough for the stick to go up to the top of the gourd once inserted, and allow 5 to 6-inches to protrude from the bottom, which acts as the actual handle.
  • A small piece of LIGHTNING-STRUCK wood, a must-have for any rattle!
  • A short length of copper wire to hold a few emerald chips, an absolute necessity for this rattle. Emerald chips are included.
  • Instructions. (See Bonus Below!)

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Here's What A Customer In The Netherlands Did

With His Gourd Rattle Kit!

More Kits Will Be Coming Soon... Please Check Back!

TWO Gourd Rattle Kits To Choose From On This Page!

PRICE: $25.00 plus $10 s/h

Kit With Gourd

$15. + $6 s/h

to U.S. customers

The secret is that these gourds come with a ball of seeds inside. And the more you shake the gourd, the more the seeds gradually separate and give voice to the rattle. Watch the video below to learn more! 

gourd rattle kit photo

BOB'S COMMENT: There you have it, proof positive that it is thrilling and so special to make something sacred with your own hands. Many, many thanks to R. for sending his thoughts and the photo. I really like his selection of feathers, how he wrapped them, and the expressive way he chose to paint his beautiful rattle. WONDERFUL!