Shaman Drums with Mulberry Bentwood Hoops
Shaman Frame Drums
with Mulberry Bentwood Hoops!
"I love creating these drums as they are all-natural materials: wood and hide. I love their primal aesthetic, spiritual nature, and healing intention. I love the way the various lacing patterns can represent the shamanic cosmology or the Celtic spiral; I love the possibilities of incorporating bone for handles or beater handles, the option to add bells or rawhide snares to personalize the sound. I love the simple fact that these hoop frame drums reconnect us with nature and DNA's intention for our lives and our joy! I look forward to custom-building a drum for you."
This page lists all sizes and hides with Mulberry Bentwood Hoops; For Maple (Ply) Hoops see TK; for Willow Bentwood hoops, see TK. In addition, there are many customization options you can select for your drum! See HERE.
The Significance of the Mulberry Tree
The berries of the mulberry tree are edible, its wood is good for carving, and its bark and leaves are used to make paper. It has so many uses, this tree is present in mythology. In Greece, because Mulberries don't bud until the danger of frost is past, Mulberry symbolizes wise patience. Thus, the ancient Greeks dedicated this tree to Athena (also the Roman goddess Minerva), Goddesses of Wisdom.
In Chinese legend, the Sun is represented by the three-legged Sun Bird who lives at the top of a magnificent mulberry tree. This tree links earth the overworld—it is the Shamanic World Tree.
Characteristics of our different types of Hide/Skin:
Calf/Cow: High, clear tones if thinner; deeper tonality if thicker. These skins tend to be somewhat translucent which gives a very cool appearance, especially around fires. :) Spiritual Meanings: Cow first anmd foremost represents the nurture offered by Mother Earth/Gaia. Secondarily, it is a reminder of the sacrifice involved in providing that nurture; it is also symbolic of wealth, with a reminder that to be sustaining, wealth must be shared.
Camel: Good tonal range, more resistant than other hides to humidity-based changes in tone. These tend to be gorgeous skins, from tan to deeper brown hues to nearly black hides. ONLY AVAILABLE for drums up to 16" in diameter. Spiritual Meanings: Camel represents the avility to overcome obstacles while journeying on your path—through careful control of one's resources through stamina, self-control, and self-sufficiency.
Deer: Higher pitched tonality; beautiful white/golden hues. The most traditional hide for these drums in many cultures. Spiritual Meanings: Tenderness and strength; vigilance and grace. The buck deer is a reminder that to be gentle is not a weakness, as he has the horns to defend if necessary. The ability to face the challenges life offers without losing sweetness and grace.
Goat: Mid range tones. We use either African Goat hide which is hand-scraped to remove hair which can leave beautiful patterns on the hide, a very primitive aesthetic, or Pakistan goat, which is de-haired, and less thick. Spiritual Meanings: Confidence and sure-footedness; health and vitality; libido. Both Bacchus and Thor had a cart pulled by goats, and let's not forget Pan: half-goat, half human, as the Satyrs.
Elk: Very similar to deer but tends to be thicker, so deeper in tone. Spiritual Meanings: Strength and stamina; endurance and patience; as in particular the importance of community and tribe.
Moose: Very similar to deer but tends to be slightly darker hued and thicker, thus deeper in tone. Spiritual Meanings: Strength, power, bravery and courage. The development of grounded self-esteem as the path to cope with obstacles and find one's place in the world and in one's tribe.
Horse: Very tough for its thickness, and offers very clear and resonant tones with clean overtones. Gorgeous dark amber to sepia and umber colors. Wolf's personal favorite! Spiritual Meanings: "The drum is the Shaman's Horse." Freedom, travel, and speed. Wild the horse can be a symbol of "unbridled" lust. Deep connection with the Wind, and the ability to travel, including the Shamanic journey.
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