Making Shamanic Drums is a very complete guide to doing exactly what it says in the title, from sourcing the deerskin for your drum to using your offcuts to make a rattle, there is information on every possible part of the process you could need. Author, Adam X. Hearn, made his first drum under the expert guidance of a Swiss shaman, Irene Zumsteg and since then as a shamanic practitioner and drum maker has held hundreds of drumming circles over the years.
Unusually Making Shamanic Drums includes information on how to process hides and turn ‘green’ hides into rawhide or tanned hide. Information we could have done with here a couple of years ago when someone offered us fresh hides from culled deer but we were unable to find anyone who was able to process their own hides to make drums! The book does contain a warning that it also contains pictures of deerskins being processed which may be “upsetting to sensitive readers”, although, even as a long time vegetarian, I didn’t find them too bad and if you prefer to buy ready processed rawhide you can always fasten these pages together and not look at them!
The author apologised for the price, which is £22.98* (UK) due to the use of full colour photos, that I agree are essential for guidance. However – and it’s a big however – making a shamanic drum is an investment which will, unfortunately, set you back a few bob regardless (buying one made for you even more so) and having excellent instructions could save you costly errors. The book is also available on Kindle which reduces the price considerably to £9.99*.
Highly recommended – the most comprehensive set of instructions on everything involved with shamanic drum making that I have seen! I would say Making Shamanic Drums is the book to buy if you are even considering making your own drum but don’t know how or what is involved.
Book Details: Adam X. Hearn. Making Shamanic Drums. UK SUR (14 July 2019). ISBN: 978-1906809027
Review Details: Making Shamanic Drums was reviewed by June Kent, editor of Indie Shaman magazine and this review was published in Issue 45.
* Prices accurate on 2 September 2020.
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