Used for millenia by Aboriginal peoples for devotional, celebration, healing, and journey work, the drum is a sacred tool to connect with the spirit of the earth and the spirits of the otherworld. Making your own drum is a spiritual journey of it’s own… one that you will remember for the rest of your life.
You can do this…
Just choose which size drum you wish to make. The cost of the workshop and all materials is included in the cost of the class. You have your choice of making a 13″ Drum, or a 16″ Drum for a little bit more. Select your drum size when you register.
- Date & Time: February 9th (Saturday) 1-6pm
- Location: Eye of Horus, 3012 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
- Register by Phone: 612-872-1292 or register online.
All materials will be provided to you, though if you wish, you can bring a rock or stone which will become the heart of the grip behind the drum. Also bring your desire to have a drum or create something unique. Also note, you must pre-register for this class. There will be no room for walk-ins, it is already filling up.
What happens in class
Wayne Manthey, Master drum maker, has taught hundreds of people how to make their own drum. You will start with a pre-constructed cedar frame, deer hides, and a bucket of walnut stain. (Yes, you should dress for messy work or bring a smock to wear).
First, choose your frame, lay out the hides and take a few moments to connect to each piece and to envision them coming together to create one entity.
After cutting out the drum circles, master drum maker Wayne Manthey will take you, one step at a time, through the rest of the process. Perhaps we should say making your drum is a journey because, through story and shared experience, you will come to understand this instrument which is core to so many cultures and healing traditions.
The drum is the circle, it is the cycle of life. It is the earth and moon and all of these things to those who use the drum for trance or spiritual work. When you make your drum, you will honor the four directions and the center heart of the earth. There are no words that can completely describe what it feels like to make your own drum, except maybe magic.
Wayne Manthey on Drum Making
As I started making drums, I was especially interested in the vibration of rawhide and the sound it makes. Once I was able to consistently achieve the quality sound and felling I was looking for, assign antlers, wood, stone, and lacing variations made the drums more decorative and visually pleasing.
The healing properties of a drum are found in the elements that make it: wood and animal hide.
Making personal frame drums is a journey that is individually and spiritually meaningful. Teaching drum making classes involves storytelling and introspection. The drum symbolizes the heartbeat of life, the heartbeat of community. It is not simply an art form, but a tool for cleansing, centering and focusing one’s intentions for health and happiness.
Drums teach responsibility. Making them is an honor, a meditation, and continue to reveal lessons for me as well.
Don’t miss a beat
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~Joseph Campbell
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