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My daughter started this site several years ago. She has many more paintings to offer {I need to get her to a computer to add more photos} and she told me that my type of 'art work' would add to her profile. So, here's my second listing. {The walnut drum has been sold, it was my first listing}.

This drum messures; 12 inch head, 27 inches tall and seven inches at the base.

All of the drums I build are unique. There is simply no way the assembly line a drum that is built by a loving hand. And I always strive to build the next one to be more beautiful and sound better than the last. Though I generally don’t achieve that, I find new techniques and processes every time. My wife and children think this is the most beautiful one so far. I’ll let you be the judge of that and hope it finds a home by your fire.

I am open to a ‘best offer’ with my work. I price my drums for what I feel I put into them and their lasting value, but I am willing to help you get one if it means falling a little short financially.

The last few times I have shipped a drum, it has cost right at forty dollars. I will cover half of that, leaving you with around twenty.

I have been building and playing drums since 1999, both of which I am still passionate about. I lost count of the numbers of the drums that have come from my hands after around 40.
I have learned a lot throughout the years, from many people and through my own trial and error, and am still learning. Feel free to give advice if you buy one and think of something that would make it more esthetically pleasing or sound better.

I have only listed my creations on the internet {via eBay} once. So this 'advertisement' may not appear professional because it is not. I am a drum maker and I usually sell by word of mouth, but I may never meet you without this modern venue considering the fact that I spend most of my time on our beautiful, secluded land in the hills of Kentucky with my family.

I built this drum from the ground up using a chainsaw, a wood rasp and a series of sanding techniques, from a single piece of wood. Finally a wipe-on poly seal.

The body of the drum came from a cedar tree from a friend's farm that was blown over by a tornado.

The head is made of deer hide that I acquired from local hunters. They throw away the hides and are always happy to see them put to use.
I process and cure the hides myself. I have built drums using goat hide, but was not satisfied with the sound.

I bend and weld the rings after locating the best materials from my land or local community. Then I wrap the outer two in leather to help secure the head {and it looks good:]}

The rope is the only part of this way of building that I would prefer to find an alternative for. It works perfectly and will last at least as long as the drum, but is usually made from in-organic poly fibers from over seas. That being said, it is the best I can do at this time.
It is white when I purchase it and then I dye it in our kitchen.

I try to get the drum to the best possible tuning, taking several weeks, before shipping it to its new home. Though, if you are familiar with natural drums, you will be aware that the tuning will change depending on weather, playing and how close you have it to the fire.
One thing I have learned about tuning is that beauty in the knotting is second to the tuning. Sometimes one side may need more tension than another, therefore, I add a few small diamonds to that side {temporarily-they can be removed as the original rope comes around to it}.

On the final day, when all has been put in order, I put my 'trade mark' on the lower side- a heart with a flame above it.

And then there's the sound. Not sure how this one will sound as I have yet to tune, I finished it yesterday it. In one sense, this is a brand new drum, but it would not sound good at all if I was to just slap the head on and ship it. It will arrive looking new, but sounding like a well played instrument. I will enjoy playing it and conditioning it 'till it is sent out into the world.

There will be more drums coming, I have a pile of walnut and cedar logs I recently cut from a neighbor’s tornado damaged land. And five more shells almost complete. Only caring for our farm, and time, stand in my way of offering more right now.

You can reach me at dsking [!at] or firetheking [!at] We have access to email, but only land line, on our place. I look forward to your questions and hope that you will end up with one of my instruments.

cedar djembe drum


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, deer skin, hide, rope, cedar
  • Feedback: 15 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Kentucky, United States.