GaiasWorkshopDrums

Gaias Workshop Drums

Portland, Oregon | 1573 Sales

GaiasWorkshopDrums

Gaias Workshop Drums

Portland, Oregon 1573 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars (468)

Announcement   People worldwide use drums and rattles in their spiritual practice and everyday lives. All these people share a powerful connection to the land, the animals, the plants and the elements of the natural world. I believe that we are all connected by our relationship with the Mother, the Earth, and our reverence for all beings who call this planet home.

I have been fortunate enough to have had many wise ones from many different paths who have been willing to share their teachings with me. Because I respect all ways of living in relationship with our Mother, my personal path contains many different elements. My art is steeped in tradition while being expressed from my personal viewpoint.

I do art from my heart with respect for those who have gone before and for those who are to come, working with the guidance of the gods, our ancestors, and our sacred connection with the Mother. I am grateful that my partner joins me when the spirit moves him to express his own cultures as well.

The items in this shop are currently in stock and one of a kind, unless listed in the Custom Made sections. The exception is drum beaters, which are all listed in their own section whether in stock or custom made. Much of the work I do is custom and specific to the customer. To find out more about custom work or to check out the many other things that I make, check out our website at www.gaiasworkshop.com. There is also lots of info about us and our process. Stop by and check it out!

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Last updated on Jun 8, 2018

People worldwide use drums and rattles in their spiritual practice and everyday lives. All these people share a powerful connection to the land, the animals, the plants and the elements of the natural world. I believe that we are all connected by our relationship with the Mother, the Earth, and our reverence for all beings who call this planet home.

I have been fortunate enough to have had many wise ones from many different paths who have been willing to share their teachings with me. Because I respect all ways of living in relationship with our Mother, my personal path contains many different elements. My art is steeped in tradition while being expressed from my personal viewpoint.

I do art from my heart with respect for those who have gone before and for those who are to come, working with the guidance of the gods, our ancestors, and our sacred connection with the Mother. I am grateful that my partner joins me when the spirit moves him to express his own cultures as well.

The items in this shop are currently in stock and one of a kind, unless listed in the Custom Made sections. The exception is drum beaters, which are all listed in their own section whether in stock or custom made. Much of the work I do is custom and specific to the customer. To find out more about custom work or to check out the many other things that I make, check out our website at www.gaiasworkshop.com. There is also lots of info about us and our process. Stop by and check it out!

Michelle Meister with Luke Martinez

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New items in stock! Some lovely drums, beautiful rattles & amazing drum bags ready to ship! 15" Elk & Horse drums are visually beautiful and sound incredible. The bags Zachariah are making are so high quality & I am sooo happy with everything I'm making!
Heads up for US residents! You only have until Dec 5 to order a wonderful custom gift for that special someone and have it shipped by USPS' cutoff date of Dec 20.
Order items in stock by Dec 18 to guarantee shipping by Dec 20. New stuff added every day!
New drum art available for those who follow the Northern European path, custom made from Horse or Red Stag Deer on a Nine Worlds Drum. The Helm of Awe is an Icelandic runestave of protection, surrounded by the Elder Futhark runic alphabet. Powerful!
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About

Gaia's Workshop Drums: Sacred Tools for Healing -- Honoring the Mother & All the Ancestors

We are Michelle Meister and Luke Martinez, partners in this journey of life. We have eclectic interests but find our joy in working with our hands and hearts to create beauty in a world too often marred by ugliness in thoughts, actions & "products." We believe that the actions each human takes should be guided by a desire for excellence within the natural balance of all things. We walk the path of simplicity and strive always to act with respect and honor for ourselves, other beings, our Mother and our ancestors.

What we have done at Gaia's Workshop is to create drums that use the magic of both this land and the land of our ancestors, focused on the energies, elements & numbers used by practitioners of Paganism, Wicca, Celtic & Norse Shamanism, Faery & many other ways. We believe that each path is sacred, and that tools made specifically in honor of these paths can be stronger partners in our work.

We smudge our items with sage, sweetgrass, amber and other sacred herbs.

Check out my new video "Making the Harmonic Shamanic Drum" at http://gaiasworkshop.com/Instructional_Videos.htm. Let me know what you think!

For more information, please see our website http://www.gaiasworkshop.com

Shop members

  • Michelle Meister

    Owner, Drum Maker, Artist

    Twenty years ago when I started making drums, I discovered that my passion is creating life from death and sound from silence. I am quiet but engaged, scientific but mystical, fascinated with life and always learning. Info: gaiasworkshop.com/AboutUs

  • Luke Martinez

    Wood Worker

    Luke is a percussionist and sound engineer, skills critical in the design of our drums. His affinity with wood has led to the creation of our hand made, steam bent, lightweight cedar rims. He also designs & makes drum stands & other wooden treasures.

  • Zachariah leBaron

    Seamstress

    Zachariah left the Midwest, where he studied fine arts, to make a life for himself as a seamstress in Portland. Inspired by vibrant and contrasting colors, he hoards fabric like a Technicolor tornado, leaving a trail of beautiful chaos in his wake.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 10, 2018
At Gaia's Workshop, we create drums and other tools that use the magic of our interconnected planet, focused on the energies, elements & numbers used by practitioners of Paganism, Wicca, Celtic & Norse Shamanism, Faery & many other ways. We believe that each path is sacred, and that tools made specifically in honor of these paths can be stronger partners in our work. Thank you for joining us here.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Any problems will be dealt with as an individual case, and solutions will be found that satisfy everyone. Please contact me if you have any concerns with your order.
Payment
We accept major credit cards and Paypal. Because we are in Oregon, we are not required to charge a sales tax unless your state or country requires it. If you order a custom item, I will give you a solid idea of my intended shipping schedule and stay in touch. Please allow at least two weeks for creation if you are making a custom order. Be sure to let me know on your order if you need the item by a certain time; I will do my utmost to get it to you. Because I work with planetary energies and the spirits of the drums, very occasionally I must bow to the desires of the spirits and wait until the optimum time to make your drum. Sometimes the drum just refuses to be born until the time is right. I have learned that fighting it just means I'll have to do it over. I will keep in touch, and I will never forget you. If you have requests that seem odd to you, don't hesitate to reach out. I am a very one-on-one kind of person and it never hurts to ask.

If there is a problem with your purchase, I will work with you to replace, repair or exchange the item, so long as you communicate the difficulty and return the item to me if appropriate. Frequently, issues are weather based and can be corrected immediately (please read the care instructions). Every case is different and communication is the key.
Shipping
I believe in making sure that my customers are happy...no matter what. In case of problems, we will work together to find a satisfactory solution.

Domestic shipments: I ship USPS, either first class or priority mail. If your item arrives damaged, please contact your local post office and let me know immediately. Retain all packing materials. If you need your item by a certain date, be sure to let me know when ordering and make a note on the order.

I run shipping labels straight from Etsy. If your package is returned to me because of a faulty address in the Etsy system that you have not corrected or contacted me to change, this is called a forced return. Forced returns are not accepted per Etsy policy, and no refund will be issued. You may pay to reship the item. **Please double check your address**

International shipments: Please be aware of the customs fees, import fees, sales tax, VAT or delivery fees that your government charges you to import items into your country. This is not included in our transaction but is a separate charge imposed by your government. If you choose not to pay your fees, your item will be returned to me (this can sometimes take months as it is low priority). This is called a forced return, which we do not accept as per Etsy policy. When I receive it back, I will contact you and you can pay for reshipping (plus your fees when it gets to your country). No refunds are issued for forced returns.

I ship USPS International, either 1st class or priority mail depending on the weight. You are responsible for any VAT or customs fees that your government might want to charge. If you are from Canada or Mexico, I can fill out a NAFTA form for you, please remind me to do so. If you need particular paperwork for your country, please inform me. I am a drum maker, not an international trade expert.

You may purchase insurance beyond the basic amounts if you let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
I offer many more items on my website, (which is sorely out of date) www.gaiasworkshop.com. If you see something on the website that isn't offered here, please contact me for current pricing and correct shipping charges.

I offer wholesale prices to resellers around the world. For groups or classes, I offer discount prices on kits for drums, rattles, dream catchers, shields and whatever else I come up with. If you are interested in wholesale, please email me at gaiasworkshop [!at] gmail.com.

More information

Last updated on Sep 20, 2018
Frequently asked questions
What are the properties of Deer drums?

Deer relates to the heart chakra, bringing the energy of love and circulation. It is a very feminine feeling hide, I see it as a young maiden just setting out on life. It has lots of harmonics and the most sustain (how long the sound lasts). It is susceptible to weather changes as it tends to absorb moisture from the air, so it requires a little more work to bring the tone up in wet conditions. It varies in color from pale cream to brown. Many varieties of deer cannot be shipped outside the US without an expensive veterinary certificate, so I use Red Stag Deer, which is native to Europe (where it is known as a Hart) and farmed in the US for food.

What are the qualities of horse drums?

Horse resonates with the 3rd eye chakra and is especially useful in journeying and meditation. It has superior harmonics. Thinner horse drums can be susceptible to moisture, but not as much as deer. It varies in color from golden brown to dark chocolate brown. It can be exported freely.

What are the qualities of Elk drums?

Elk resonates with the solar plexus chakra, involving will and stamina. It is a masculine feeling hide, it feels to me like a young warrior who has your back. It has the best base tone, but does not offer as much in sustain or harmonics. It handles weather pretty well, but thinner hides can be affected by moisture. It varies in color from cream to brown, and frequently has translucent sections. It always requires a veterinary certificate for exporting outside the US.

What are the qualities of Moose drums?

Moose, sometimes known as Swedish Elk depending on its source, resonates with the womb chakra, bringing deep emotional healing. It is also a feminine hide, and reminds me of a grandmother who takes you into her lap and makes you feel that everything is going to be okay. Moose drums resonate well with women who are dealing with the transition from Mother to Crone. The drums have a deep sound, with slight harmonics and resonance. Very thick moose drums can be thumpy. Moose does very well in damp weather. Hides are medium brown, frequently with a honey color. It can be exported freely.

What are the qualities of Buffalo drums?

Buffalo (American Bison) resonates with the zero or grounding chakra. It is very sacred to many Native Americans, representing abundance and having the power to take prayers to the creator, All Buffalo drums I make are made with a four directions medicine wheel handle in honor of the ancestors on this land. Buffalo is a masculine hide, and reminds me of a crusty old grandfather who will tell you exactly what you need to hear instead of what you want to hear. Buffalo is a very thick hide, and tends to be quite thumpy, with no real harmonics or resonance. It handles weather extremely well, and is the hide of choice for sweat lodges. Buffalo hide is medium to dark brown. It cannot be exported without a veterinary certificate.

What are the qualities of Reindeer drums?

Reindeer is imported from Finland, where it is herded and used for food. In my judgment it resonates with the heart chakra, like other members of the deer family, but in a more primal and passionate way. It represents abundance to the people of Northern Europe, and helps with overcoming adversity when making personal journeys of discovery. I love making my European style drums from Reindeer. The sound is primal and wild and brings to mind drumming around the fire in ancient times. Both male and female reindeer have antlers, and I do not feel the hide to be either masculine or feminine. Though it is a thin hide, reindeer drums are extremely resilient to weather changes. The hide is a light cream color. They can be freely exported.

Caring for your drum, part one

Treat your drum like a pet. If you're happy, it's happy.

Heat is the drum killer. Excessive heat can split the head (in thinner drums) or warp or even shatter the frame (in thicker drums), so it is very important to protect your drum from heat. If you're comfortable, so is your drum. Please avoid leaving it in a hot car, hanging it in direct sunlight or over a heater register or stove. Excessively dry conditions, like a deep winter freeze, can have the same affect. If it is necessary for your drum to be exposed to heat or dryness (in desert or summer conditions, for example), you can minimize the stress on the drum by keeping it wrapped with a damp towel in the back.

Caring for your drum, part two

Cold and damp may make your drum sad. Thinner hides like deer and some horse are more susceptible to the weather. You can bring the tone back by heating the drum slowly with a hair dryer, by holding it a couple feet above the stove or using any other gentle heat source. Test it frequently, you don't want to overheat it. You can minimize the moisture by keeping your drum in a bag or wrapped in a blanket (you can even add a couple of the desiccant packs like those that come in aspirin bottles). This does not hurt your drum.

Hides may crack when neglected. The best way to protect the hide is to play your drum often and pet it a lot. The oil from your skin will help keep the hide supple.

Caring for your drum, part three

If you must store your drum for a long time, you can anoint it with Shea butter or any natural unscented skin lotion.

Bond with your drum. Decorate it, paint it, make it your own. Any non-oil-based pigment may be used, including artist acrylic, sharpies, colored pencils, watercolor, natural dyes, etc.

You already know how to play it. Give yourself permission. Listen to it carefully, it has things to teach you.

Enjoy your journey together!

If you have questions or your drum needs repair, please contact me at
gaiasworkshop@gmail.com or text me at 503.933.9038. You can find me on Facebook and instagram at @gaiasworkshopdrums

Blessings!!!

About Our Cedar Rims Part One

After almost a year of development we started steam bending our own hoops. The hoops you are used to seeing are factory made, and machine sanded to create a smooth surface immaterial to the actual fibers of the wood. What this does is reflect the sound, kind of like bouncing a flashlight off a mirror. These reflections (called transients) bounce into each other and cancel each other out. Hard woods like maple create bright, sharp transients which makes it good for recording, while softer woods create many smaller transients, creating a softer sound in person.

About Our Cedar Rims Part Two

We use air dried, unprocessed cedar which we hand cut and then gently steam to encourage them to bend. Because we keep the fibers as intact as possible by doing minimal hand sanding, the sound travels into and around the wood, which creates new layers of sound not achievable with the commercial hoops. Having studied the traditional historic drums of cultures throughout the northern hemisphere, I discovered that this is the way our ancestors made their drums (though many use river soaking to encourage the wood to bend). I am very happy with the sound we're achieving, and with the spirit of the cedar contributing to the overall sound & energy of the drum.

We use hardwood veneer on the outside of the rim to add strength and beauty.