Buffalo Hide Hand Drums
Each drum is made in ceremony with prayer and ritual, honoring the animal spirit and its medicine blessings.
Buffalo hide hand drums carry the medicine and energy of spirituality, abundance and plenty. Buffalo reminds us that we have everything we need. The medicine of these dark, thick hides of Buffalo help to ground us and bring us into present time with wisdom and power. Every hide is prayed with to connect to the spirit of horse with deep gratitude and love for all it has to give. (*Every hide comes from a horse whose life has ended naturally, often from farms and ranches where they have been an honored part of their working family.)
Master drum maker Katherine Skaggs creates each drum in a traditional ancient style in ceremony and with prayer. Each drum is handcrafted with great love and attention. It is a well tied, full wrap frame drum made for rigorous use. Katherine also provides documentation for the "Care and Feeding of Your Drum", so you will have a long lasting relationship with your drum.
These drums are excellent for drum circles, personal use in ceremony and ritual, as well as in shamanic healing and other sound healing practices. Each drum is a one of a kind instrument, varying in color and pattern from the beauty of each horse and the medicine it brings. Hides may vary with many different natural patterns. The drum frames are made of maple, and the drum sticks with alder wood.
All hide drums breathe and are affected by the humidity or dryness in a climate. This is something that you can work with easily and can actually learn to tune your drum to a deeper or higher tone with the instructions Katherine will share with you upon purchase.
14″ – 16″ are perfect size hand drums, regardless of the hide. They travel easily and are great for first-timers as well as those who have drummed a long time. Lighter than the larger drums, making it easy to drum for long periods of time.
18″ – 20″ typically offer a deeper tone without getting too large. It is perfect for most adults.
****The 24″ hand drum is my favorite for making deep tones with incredible healing vibrations. I like the 24″ best in elk. However, the larger the drum, the more weight you have to navigate. It can make a very heavy hand drum, making it difficult for longer periods of time. So the 24″ is not for everyone and not always best with the thicker hides when making into a hand held drum.