In the previous post, I outlined the shamanic hoop drums I offer. Today I’d like to share some Lightning and Thunder with you!
Thunder Valley Drums began when I started making lightning-struck drums, and only years later did I expand my work to include hoop drums with lightning wood grafted to them. I can’t recall how many lightning drums I’ve made over the years, but I am working on two more to be introduced early next year.
We’ll start with a prince of a drum!
The Celtic Prince Drum is made from a red oak that was struck by lightning sometime in the 1990s. It’s a fanciful drum, based on an original fictional story of a Celtic clan leader who wanted a drum made for his young princely son.
It is certainly a high energy “fun drum” to have around! It features carvings of a fishing expedition (photo, left), a dragon, a woodpecker, apple wood slices, emeralds, and a very special hammered brass medallion, all of which were made for the leader’s son in honor of the clan’s traditions.
This is not a drum you will see everyday! Fact is, I suspect many people are surprised to learn that it is a drum in the first place, that it was made from a real lightning-struck tree, and otherwise that it was loved into existence in such a playful way. Moreover, they are surprised to discover that such drums are made by hand in the old fashioned way of the ancients. I can certainly understand their mindsets, given that everything today is made by robots and other machines. So these drums are major retro!
I believe this is more of a collector’s item than it is a drum for use anywhere other than in sacred ceremony (where we have used it many times). The 10″ drum head is small, so it doesn’t have a big voice. It is a lively voice in the drum circle, though!
Here (photo, left) is a close up of the engraved, hammered brass medallion I made for the Celtic Prince Drum. It features engravings of a stag between the outline of an oak tree, fish, sun, moon, stars, a bird of prey, and Celtic Ogham script that stands for “Live Free,” the motto of Thunder Valley Drums. In context, though, the medallion represents that which is most sacred to the fictional Celtic clan. And lastly, the medallion is beautifully displayed on the drum as the centerpiece of a braid of hand-spun locally grown sheep/alpaca wool and hemp cord.
You can see a lot more photos, watch a video and generally learn more while listening to this collector’s drum on the site.
Next in the lineup of lightning-struck shamanic drums is the Eagle Drum and Drum Stand. The Eagle is made from sturdy and quite resonant maple.
Its slightly elongated shape lends an interesting tonal quality to the strong voice, and you will hear different tones depending on where you strike it. Very interesting! This is standard for a drum made from a real tree, and another reason why I love these drums. (There is an emerald buried in the frame of each drum, a sure sign of love and the transmission of loving energy.)
The Eagle is tied in a traditional style, with crosspieces on the bottom that form a cross shape and a natural handle, just as with most frame drums. You’ll find many feet of sumptuous deer lacing around the drum and on the bottom, accented with ancient sea shells.
It comes with the sturdy stand pictured here, which is made from some lightning-struck and other wood I’ve gathered over time. Fly on over to the site to visit the Eagle Drum.
As I said earlier, I’m working on other lightning-struck drums and will have some ready in early 2014. They sell pretty fast, because, frankly, they are very personal drums. I simply make them, for whom I generally do not know. More often than not, it seems as if once a drum is made, it sends out messages to the owner, and the union is made, often after a long period of waiting. It’s all very beautiful and mystical, but just right for a spiritual medicine drum and the healer who will use it. That is Spirit in action. (I admit that on limited occasions, I have had some inkling of a drum’s future owner while I’m working on it, but certainly not every time.)
So if you haven’t connected with one of these drums, perhaps it’s because I haven’t made it yet. Many customers have told me they find their drum within a few days of my posting it on the Thunder Valley Drums Website. They report being led to their drum, and in some cases to actually hearing it before even seeing it. Pretty amazing…
Aho & Namaste,
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