The Cedar Hand Drum: Carving, Stretching, & Drumming
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.
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.
- 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
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.