Making A Native American Drum

Hide and hoops arrived, well packaged, from Centralia Fur & Hide. Thanks, guys!

Native American Drum Hoop and Hide

Sixteen inch hoop and buffalo hide

It’s a buffalo hide, thin enough for hand drums, and big enough to allow me to get a few drums out of it. A little darker than I had expected (though I don’t know why I was expecting anything lighter), I chose a spot to cut for the first one that is uniformly dark, to give me a nice canvas to paint on. I’ve yet to decide what I’ll put on it, but that’ll come to me, I’m sure.

The first drum will be made with an 18″ hoop, already sanded and sealed,  and then I have a couple more to make; a family from the Yaqui tribe, on a nearby reservation, lost their home to fire, so there will be a donation made there. All together I have an 18″ round, 17″ eight-sided, a 14″ round, and a 12″ round (that will be covered in goat hide–another gift).

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