GaiasWorkshopDrums

Gaias Workshop Drums

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Announcement    In Stock items ship same or next day, Most Custom items have a 3 week turnaround, except beaters & other quickly made items (1-3 days) or complex orders which may take longer. Apologies, we can no longer ship to Germany as of July 1.

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 Dec 17, 2022

In Stock items ship same or next day, Most Custom items have a 3 week turnaround, except beaters & other quickly made items (1-3 days) or complex orders which may take longer. Apologies, we can no longer ship to Germany as of July 1.

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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Michelle Meister, Merce Dalby and Luke Martinez

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About GaiasWorkshopDrums

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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

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  • Michelle Meister Martinez

    Owner, Drum Maker, Artist

    Almost thirty 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

  • Luke Meister Martinez

    Owner, Wood Worker

    Luke is a percussionist and sound engineer, skills critical in the design of our drums. His affinity with wood has led him to design & makes drum stand & 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.

  • Merce Dalby

    Artist, Drum Maker, Owner

    My name is Merce, Ive been a creator of paintings, sculptures, drawings and digital art for as long as I can remember. Ive always wanted a job as an artist and now I've become part owner to this lovely shop. Looking forward to working with you!~

  • Dylan Cameron

    Artist

    Dylan Cameron (Eclectic Mystic) learned old magickal ways directly from his great gram as a child, and is an avid practitioner. His goal is to offer various sacred products, services, and spiritual tools to help individuals on their paths in life.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
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.

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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, General

Treat your drum like a pet. If you're happy, it's happy. Check in with your drum daily, or as often as you can. Neglect is the number one cause of drum damage.

Pet and stroke your drum often, the oil from your skin is the best thing for the head. If you will be separated for your drum for any length of time or are in extreme climates (such as desert), use a natural moisturizer such as shea butter around the sides and lacings of your drum. Apply it very minimally to the playing surface, as it will change your tone.

Bond with your drum. Decorate it, paint it, make it your own. Any non-oil-based pigment may be used. Your art can be sealed with an Artist’s Matte Fixative.

Caring for your drum, Low Humidity & Heat

PLEASE READ THE DRUM CARE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH YOUR DRUM!

VERY IMPORTANT: Heat and or dryness (as in a hard freeze) is the drum killer, please avoid leaving your drum in a hot car, hanging it in direct sunlight, over a heater register, stove or other heat source. Remember that your heater removes moisture from the atmosphere even if the room does not seem hot. Dryness leads to the head tightening, while the hoop remains the same size. Creaking, popping or a higher than usual voice are the symptoms of a drum that is getting too dry, so if you hear these sounds, please take care of your drum.

Caring for your drum, More Low Humidity & Heat or High Humidity

Larger drums with thicker hides can go out of round, but they tend to settle back in when the weather is cooler. In extreme cases, rawhide can be strong enough to crack the hoop.

If the weather is particularly hot or dry, you can help your drum by keeping a wet paper towel in the back or misting it with water from a spray bottle. Every drum is different, please don’t judge your drum based on the behavior of other drums you have owned.

Cold and damp may make your drum sad (thumpy sounding, no resonance, the drum head may look wavy or bumpy). This will not hurt your drum in any permanent way. Thinner hides like deer and some horse are more susceptible to the weather. You can dry it gradually with a hair dryer or other gentle heat.

Our Deodar Cedar Rims

Our cedar rims come from Pakistan, where they are hand wrapped from deodar cedar, which is the national tree of Pakistan and whose name translates to "God's Tree". It is considered a sacred wood and it is said that, in other times, the wise sages and prophets lived in deodar cedar groves.

Our Maple Rims

Our Maple hoops are machine made and offer both a more accurate round and extra strength. Maple is great for recording because the sound reflections are very clear and bright.