Made of reindeer hide, this shaman drum is a S-sized (diameter 31 cm) drum. The frame is made of 7 mm double layered birch plywood which has been treated with wood wax. The hide comes from Finnish reindeer and the hide is left natural or coloured with water stain. Every drum is unique. Round-shaped handle is attached to the back with strings. Drumstick is felted.
Our S-sized drum is perfect for beginners. The sound however is quite deep and vibrating. Weight of the drum is about 400 g so it’s easy to travel with it but it’s sturdy enough for not being a “toy”.
If your soul craves for deeper and more vibrating sound check Rumpu-ukko’s M-sized drums. If you want serious sound (for example musicians) choose L-sized drum. You can also of course play the bigger drums quietly if you want to.
Shaman drum is a carefree instrument if you remember a few basic things:
- use grease or some leather conditioner couple times a year
- keep the drum for example on the wall but not directly in the sunlight or near a heater (strong air conditioning can also dry the drum)
- don’t leave the drum in a hot car during a warm weather
- the drum doesn’t like dry air humidity. The risk is that the hide becomes too tight causing it to rip.
- you can find more information from the caring instructions that comes with the drum.
The level of air humidity might affect the drum by loosening it in a humid weather and tightening it in a dry weather. In that way it affects the sound as well. If your drum is too loose, you can dry it in the sun or for example with a hair dryer. If your drum is too tight, you can use water to moist it (for example spraying water on top of the hide or wiping it with a moist cloth). The hide doesn’t respond immediately, so wait for a couple of minutes.
Watch our video and learn more about tuning (third video from the top).
You can decorate your drum if you want. You can use acrylic- or oil colours to paint your own art on the hide (test first if you are using different paints). You can attach talismans on the frame or carve symbols on it.
Christening a drum is an old tradition in which the drum and the owner becomes “one” and the drum turns personal. Christening is not necessary just an old tradition. Read more about shamanism.