Stacey on 05 Mar, 20225 out of 5 stars
I cried upon opening my package. There is so much love, care, intention and power in this drum. It is beyond words and into feelings that I express my utmost gratitude and appreciation.
Michelle on 17 Sep, 20215 out of 5 stars
This wave-smoothed drumstick really does smell faintly of saltwater like another review mentioned. It has a wonderful craftsmanship. I include a photo here with my drum from an indigenous maker in another province. The drumstick is perfectly sized and felted to give my drum a new deeper resonant sound. Thank you for taking such care in making this.
Eira Olfrid on 22 Mar, 20215 out of 5 stars
Oh. My. Goodness. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this beautiful hand drum. It's so clear that it was carefully and lovingly made, the sound is magnificent, I will cherish it always. Extremely carefully packed, quick shipment, lovely communication with the artist, very very highly recommended.
Jude on 18 May, 20205 out of 5 stars
I am so very happy with my drum purchase. The love and care put into the creation, the beautiful deep and rich resonance and the energetic feel of this drum come together to produce a wonderful drumming experience. Thank you Kristen!
Linda on 27 Apr, 20205 out of 5 stars
Thank you sooo much Kristen. This drum is even more beautiful in person and the sound is ... really magical. Words cannot describe my joy with really magnificent work of art, both drum and beater. You are surely divinely led to create and I feel blessed to be the new owner. Shipping was quick, packing was thoughtful as were the sage and instructions for welcoming the drum. I plan and leading many sacred circles with this drum. Feeling honored and blessed, Linda I tried to upload image but there were issues.
My art takes you on a shamanic journey into your unconscious wisdom.
I am a drum maker, visual artist and creator the Journey Oracle cards. In 1992 I had a dream in which I created a deck of cards with different information on each side. The dream stayed around me for more than a year, until I decided to make the deck.
The process of creating the Journey Oracle cards took five years for the painting, and 21 years to understand how to use them based on the dream analysis of C.G. Jung and the aspects of a shamanic journey to the Spirit world. Along the way I experienced loss of comfort, heightened awareness, unexpected discoveries and deepened self-knowledge. I was shown that the realm of the unconscious is the true origin of all personal growth. Although I began with the intention to create an oracle deck for the experienced practitioner, at journey's end I found not an ordinary deck of divination cards, but a living entity, and energetic that could communicate with the user, regardless of his or her prior experience.
I have drawn from many sacred stories when learning to be a frame drum maker, especially those telling of the women's drumming traditions in old European Goddess cultures. My teachers have been First Nations drummers assembling pow wow drums, my listening to frame drums being played, and especially my being taught by the drums themselves. My drums return the gift of voice to the spirit of deer and wood.
I have neither employees nor helpers in the month long process of preparing the raw deer skin, building the spruce wood hoop, constructing the drum, felting and wrapping the drum stick, and painting the finished drumhead with raw earth pigments. Every step is an intimate encounter with the practical nature of ordinary things, and also with the nature of spirit-filled mystery.
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