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The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching, & Drumming

Course Overview

The timeless beat of the drum stems back to a time when we made our own music, literally from the ground up. Before drum shops and before Putumayo, materials were hand-harvested from the forest to create wonderful sounds, and were used to find rhythm in the world. In this course you will learn to carve a cedar hand drum from a log and then explore hand drumming patterns for lifelong skills with music. You will also work with softened rawhide as it is stretched to a desired tension and tone in the drum head. Although every drum will vary depending on the hand-harvested log, your finished drum will be approximately 9" in diameter and 8" in depth.


Sat, Oct 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 11th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 1.5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-Noon
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $210.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Aug 29th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $60.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • carving gouge (#5 - 1 inch gouge or ship gouge)**
  • snug leather glove
  • ear plugs

**NH has a limited number of these tools available for students to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know in advance if you need to borrow a tool and we will reserve one for you.

Optional Tools

  • leather hole punch
  • scissors for cutting leather
  • acrylic paints and brushes for decorating
  • carving knife or other carving tools

  **available from the School Store - 888.387.9762

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Aug 29th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.