New Consolidated Site Coming In April!


One would think my little business is an empire! What with two websites and a big ol’ blog, it appears massive. I mean, even L.L. Bean or Apple have only one apiece!

Truth is, I started this site because the old site wasn’t what I needed, too slow and clunky, not mobile friendly, no room for the blog, yet its contract with the ISP still had a long way to go. The administrative and design time for all these sites ate up lots of precious time that prevented me from doing what I love— making drums!

Well, at last I’ve found a new home that can accommodate all three. So, I’m pleased to announce that there will be a NEW SITE COMING IN APRIL! This site, the old site and the blog will be consolidated into one. More details soon.

Aho & Namaste,

The Journey Ahead for 2018

redbud tree It IS About The Redbuds


The promise of a fecund, fertile land coming back from a long winter’s sleep. Such are the things we contemplate as the Winter Solstice arrives.

Beginning Dec. 21, the sun seems to halt its month’s-long decline and pauses for four days while rising four times from the same relative place on the horizon. To the Celtic peoples, so I’ve read, it was a time of great rejoicing because– at last!– the sun was preparing for a certain miracle.

So those four days were a time of celebration! And of sacred reflection.

The Celts apparently called it the time for standing still, just like the sun seemed to be doing. Most assuredly, the Celts may have found it difficult to stand at all if they had imbibed much tasty mead during the partying! But almost as certain for them was the assurance that the quartet of days would present times of reflection on the year past and the hoped-for miracle on December 25 and the year ahead.

The miracle– return of the sun! For it is on that day that ‘Ol Sol slowly begins to reassert its dominance of the sky and the birth of spring in less than 90 days! Daylight begins to last longer even as the snow continues to pile up across the landscape.

So I hope you will give a try at honoring the stillness of this season like the old Celts did. It’s fine to have a cup of cheer, but take some time to look back over the year behind you. And then look forward. The promise of a fresh New Year awaits. Can you make it the best year ever for yourself, for those you love, for all peoples and for this Good Earth?

It is a good thing to pause and take stock. Then, before you know it, the redbuds will replace the snow.

Aho & Namaste,

redbud photo effects

Happy Holidays!



yule pole in healing center
The recent Yule Pole made by the Advanced Shaman Training class last week as we studied Celtic ways of healing.

Dearest Friends,

It has been a wonderful year, thanks to you. You have resonated with these drums (and other items), and have chosen to purchase one, sometimes more. When you do that, I  consider you to be a member of our circle, not because you had to pay for a drum or something else but because you have demonstrated yourself to be a seeker of wisdom and a lover of Truth. That’s exactly what we strive for, too. So it’s only natural that our circle welcomes all such people.

In doing so during 2017, you have kept me wonderfully busy, even to the point where I must now advise, for those who have not yet ordered a drum, that I won’t be able to accept any more holiday orders because of the current backlog. For that I apologize.

All in all, though, it has been a year to remember. And then some! I review photos, some of them from this year, on the Thunder Valley Drums website, poke around in the many, many photos we have taken of your precious allies over this and previous years, and it becomes evident just how many people are awakening to a new realization— that the world needs help, and that you are willing to provide it through the exploration and expression of a deep spiritual longing to independently connect with Spirit. As my beautiful soul mate puts it, you have decided to “not let the world be your drummer!”

And now we come to the final dawning days of one year and the beginning of the next. It is a marvelous time to enjoy family and to pull in all of those we love to join around the hearth. At least that is the scenario we are taught to follow. But not everyone has these circumstances— time, money, or even a loving family or friends— to enjoy during this holiday season.

If that’s your situation, I completely understand and offer you the love you should have. We regularly drum for you and often we sense your situation. It can reflect the scene of your being posted away from family, or being called to work throughout the season, or even being in a situation where circumstances are not the best for you right now, a “rough patch,” or any of many, many other circumstances that can make you feel left out.

Well, please know this. We drum for you and we hold you in our hearts. Our lives are good and settled right now, but we have experienced the rough times in the past, just like you are going through now, and all we had was the love that bound us together. We have plenty of that still, and plenty to share.

So we hope you will accept the love that awaits your open heart. And keep your chin up. Low points in life are akin to the high ones, both are transitory.

Your new day is coming.

Peace to you, love to you, love to all. Love all around.

Aho & Namaste




A WOW New Powwow Drum!

I cannot say enough about this new Native American powwow drum I just added to Thunder Valley Drums site. It’s WOW! 

wow powwow drumIt’s double-sided (meaning there is a rawhide drum head on both the top and bottom of the drum), and measures 20″ x 7″ with a laminated maple frame. The buffalo rawhide assures a beautifully rich, deep voice. Native Americans are master drum makers, and they have supplied this beauty through a company I deal with.

It is classified as a four player drum, but more drummers can join in, no problem. And it is so lightweight– less than SIX pounds! Wow!

powwow drum stand with brass bells

I made the rustic-looking drum stand from Kentucky hardwood limbs trimmed in my neighborhood, then added scrumptious bunched yarns, suede lacing and beads. The drum is held in place on the stand with leather lacing secured to the four corners and anchored by four brass bells.

It is such a joy to play! This one will sound above and below and all around with the slightest stroke. You can hear a recording of it on the site. I hope you will take a look at it and luxuriate in its sound.

There are sacred rhythms in the ol’ drum shop today. Every day!

Aho & Namaste, my friend,

A Note From Stian in Santa’s Playground

A scene from Bodo Norway
(Photo courtesy, Stian Berg)

I’m sure that this is Santa’s playgound!

And some people have all the luck by getting to live there.

It was great to hear from friend Stian once again this week. You’ll recall it was about a year ago when this shamanic practitioner began sending notes from his hometown in Bodø, Norway following his purchase of a drum.

This time he writes:

 Hi my friend. Now Christmas is coming again so I wish you a happy Christmas. Here in Norway, I'm doing well. Drum is also good ? Now is the dark time back. Even though it is dark, there is a lot of nice light out with reddish sky when it is day. It has been snowing a lot today so it will get a little lighter outside. This year I will celebrate Christmas with my old dad. It will be cozy. Hope you and your family are doing well.

Your friend Stian
Bodo Norway harbor
The harbor in Bodo Norway. (Photo courtesy Stian Berg)

I keep replying to Stian that he lives in paradise. What a spectacular country! Surely it’s where Santa goes to hang out and have some fun.

Thanks, Stian!

Aho & Namaste,