Traditional native american style drums are made of skins of buffalo, elk, cow rawhide and goat. Buffalo has the lowest tone. Cow rawhide is white, most durable and easiest to paint on. Elk also produces fine drums which are lighter. Goat is used on lower priced drums.
The larger the drum, the deeper the tone. A good selection for your first drum is 12-18 inches.
Single-sided hoop drums are more expensive than double-sided because of all the work and material that goes into making the webbing and handle. Single-sided drums play better because they are held from behind which gives them more stability.
If you are only going to give your drum light use, you will do fine with a goat skin drum which is made with a lighter frame. If you want a high quality , durable drum, order an elk, buffalo or cow rawhide drum which are made with heavier frames.
Our guarantee to you:
If one of our rawhide, elk or buffalo drums should ever fail in normal use, we will repair it or replace it free.
Drums should not be kept in damp surroundings as the skins will stretch, although they will return to normal when dry.
Our Painted Drums are created one at a time by professional artists
who know how to apply the paint so that it is durable. We do not use decals or slik screening.
Yes indeed, each painted drum is handpainted by a professional artist.