Keith chooses to build his own drum hulls rather than use prefab plywood drum frames. As a life long wood worker, Keith found that plywood absorbs moisture in its layers of laminated wood. Our customers have told us that the thin walls of manufactured plywood hoops do not resonate sound like the thicker constructed frames that Keith builds.
Traditional native american drums were crafted from logs, and later barrels. By using lumber, our drums are durable. Our drums are tough enough that you can stand on one and not break it; they can withstand kids (but not dogs chewing on them). When you invest in a drum, it's nice to know that your drum was built to last a lifetime, and can be passed on to future generations.
Here is our low-cost alternative to the plywood hoop drum. We found the power company cutting down pine trees and mulching the trees to dump in a land fill. WE ARE RECYCLERS! WE WERE SHOCKED! Keith convinced the men to leave the cut pine trees in ten foot logs. He got help to load the logs into a trailer and off to the saw mill he drove.
Travis, our ever friendly saw mill guy, gladly sawed the logs into pine boards. Keith planed the boards and made his 16 sided "circular" hand drum hulls. They only become circles after lots of sanding with 40 grit sand paper, then 80 grit paper and then 120 grit to achieve a soft fine finish. Normally, Keith sands to a smooth finish and then applies coats of polyurethane to seal our cedar and cottonwood native hand drum hulls.
Here is why we can offer the pine drum for less: (1) the wood cost us nothing except hard work loading it on to a truck and hauliing it to the sawmill and (2) Keith is leaving the frames unfinished. He is stretching the rawhide all the way around the pine frame to make a Lakota style drum or Plains Indian style hand drum. Since we are skipping the fine sanding and finishing process, Keith can produce these drums faster. So we want to pass our savings directly on to you.
As long as the power company cuts pine trees, we will make these recycled Plains Style pine drums
Call today. 256-538-0246.
Plains Style Native American Hand Drum
Rawhide is wrapped all the way around the frame of the hand drum. The same rawhide used for the head is used as lacing so the whole drum expands and contracts equally. Hook a thumb through the ring in the back and allow the drum to rest on four outstretched fingers (no "claw hand" grip).