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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.


Fri, Oct 11th, 2019  –  Sat, Oct 12th, 2019

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: $220.00
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 # 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 tool
    **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.