Drum making workshop – Sunday 15th November 2015

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Are you drawn to making your own drum?

People are coming towards the drum from all walks of life.

There is something really special about crafting your own sacred tool, putting your creative energy into something which you will work with on your spiritual journey for years to come.

We will work with you to help you create your drum.


Make your own drum with us in Anglezarke, Chorley

We run drum making workshops in Anglezarke, 3 miles from Chorley in Lancashire. We spend the day in a beautiful old converted stable block next to our local pub. We start at 9am and finish by 5pm, and at lunch time we will enjoy a pub meal together.

We keep the group sizes really small so that we can give you lots of one-to-one attention during the day.

We have learnt from musician Carolyn Hillyer who has been making and using drums in her work for fifteen years, and Ros Simons who is supporting us in our ongoing skill development in this craft. We will work with you to help ensure that your drum has a good tension so that it will play both indoors and outdoors for longer in damp or humid weather.


What kind of drum can I make?

You can choose to make your drum out of Red Deer, Horse or Reindeer hide.

You can also choose the size – either a 14 inch or a 16 inch diameter.

We use the tension ring method to make our drums. This is a metal ring bound in leather, placed in the centre of the drum and used to bind the lacing to the skin. We use this method because firstly, we think it looks beautiful, but also practically it means that we can get a really strong tension in the skin of the drum. This means that it holds its firmness when out in damp weather for longer – something which we look for in our drums as we use them both indoors and outdoors.

As you make the handle you might like to include a crystal or stone into the lacing. We will have some available for you to buy, or you could source your own. We recommend up to a 1.5 inch crystal or pebble for a 14 inch drum, or up to a 2 inch diameter crystal or pebble for the 16 inch drum, and you need it to be relatively flat.

During the day you will also make your own beater.

We take time to source our raw materials responsibly. Where possible, we use local suppliers here in the northwest and we ask questions of our suppliers as to the origins of the materials and will pass this information on to you.

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What will happen during the day

You are birthing a new drum, which will have its own spirit, its own life, and together you will grow over the coming years.

We will carry out this special work in sacred space. You will start the morning with a shamanic journey, and then work on crafting your sacred tool out of raw hide, a wooden hoop, a metal ring and some leather binding. You can stain and paint the inside of the hoop with a creative design of your choice, choose your leather binding around the ring, and then begin the lacing process which will take much of the rest of the day. You will also make a beater.

Once you have competed your drum you will go on another journey to meet the spirit of your drum, before taking part in a closing blessing ceremony.


After the workshop

We will provide you with guidance on how to care for your drum – initially in the first few days after the workshop and then ongoing care. With following certain guidelines your drum will continue to work with you for many many years to come.


Prices and booking

The fee for this workshop is £195.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place, with the remainder payable two weeks prior to the workshop.

To book your place on this workshop – Sunday 15th November – please email us at contact@thewayofthebuzzard.co.uk and we will send you a booking form to complete.