Category Archives: Shaman Drums & Other Helpers

Articles about shaman drums and related shamanic helpers

Recent Customer Photos of Their Drums!

What a thrill to see drum photos from wonderful customers!

The above is from Kim, a new friend in Oregon, USA, who sent along this picture of her new Hummingbird-style drum shortly after receiving it last week. It is right at home with many of her other sacred helpers. The seagull painted on her drum, the first painting by Glenn Lewis since his return to work following an extended absence, is the likeness of one of Kim’s dearest totems. I’ll let her explain in these email excerpts:

“The gull has been coming for breakfast now for two years and I have named him Houdini. He brings his mate in the summer who is now named Francine. The two of them keep other gulls away and often bring us presents. I couldn’t think of a better totem to start out with.

I chat to Houdini all the time.”

Many, many thanks, Kim, for sharing the photo of your drum and for being such a good friend to all of those around you.

Next is a photo from Rebecca and an email excerpt from the day she received this Hummingbird-style drum beauty in her Pennsylvania home.customer supplied photo of her new drum

“Hi, Bob,

I have received the Drum! And oh do I love it! It’s beautiful and so well made. I have let it sit for a little while with my tools in my reading/healing space and I’ll be smudging us this evening.

I’ll introduce it to the backyard and the rest of the space Saturday (weather depending) with a small fire ceremony and a couple of close friends.

I appreciate the detailed instructions, an ounce of prevention…!

I have a attached a picture of just the drum right now so you are sure of its safety and I’ll send some pictures of the 2 of us together after the fire ceremony.

Thank you so much for this wonderful creature, I know we’re going to do good work together in this world and others.”

Again, sincere thanks to you, Rebecca, for sharing the photo and your beautiful sentiments.

I’ve always said this is the most fulfilling occupation a person can have. Making sacred drums for spiritual people is so rewarding, and the bonus of friendship with an ever-enlarging circle of healers is absolutely sublime.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

New Lightning Drum Is Running With The Wind

Delighted to introduce the newest Lightning Drum, Wind Horse. Born the moment that a Lightning Being merged with a sacred maple tree on a high hill in Shepherdsville, KY, the Wind Horse began singing the song of the great life force symbolized in its name centuries ago in a shamanic culture on the other side of the world.

Two years in the making, the Wind Horse is now free reign and running with the wind. I invite you to click the image to learn more about this beautiful drum’s powerful medicine and dedicated heart. Link: https://www.naturalshamandrums.com/wind-horse-lightning-drum.html

the wind horse lightning drum

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

Smiles And Joy For Her New Thunder Drum

karen with her new thunder drum from thunder valley drums

Here’s wonderful customer-turned-friend Karen with her new Thunder Drum! This delightful Pennsylvanian will be journeying and also joining a drum circle this month now that she has her own drum ally.

She loves the drum, and so do I! I had never before used a color scheme that Karen had suggested, and it turned out that both of us were pleased!

It’s a good thing to know if you are considering purchasing such a drum. I am not rigid! Always open to ideas, and I want to assure that you get the drum you hold in your imagination. You are in the lead. I always ask a customer for a suggested color range then try to implement it. In Karen’s case, I ordered new lacing in colors never tried here before, including periwinkle, soft purple hues and deep greens.

hoop drums flipbook from thunder valley drums

I loved it so much that I chose it for the cover of the new Thunder Valley Drums Flipbook, “Some Drum Love” in the previous post.

Then came a surprise!

Here’s our most recent email exchange…

Karen
April 29, 2017:
“Here’s the picture I promised, Bob. I love my drum. What I didn’t tell you earlier is that purple is my favorite color – you can tell by my hair color. That color wasn’t on my color pallet but you chose it anyway. Remarkable!
–Karen

My Reply:
Wonderful, Karen! Wow! I will be so proud to place the photo on my sites sometime this week. It is always such a thrill to see a drum with its rightful owner!

Many, many thanks to you.

And I’m so happy that you love your drum. Yes, the purple just somehow seemed right for your drum! It highlighted the other colors, which were similar to the color palette you outlined, and I am sure I was influenced by your very strong connection to the drum on the day it was born. Wonderful how that works sometimes!

Thanks again, my friend.
–Bob

I must repeat myself– I absolutely love to make drums for a LOT of reasons, but chief among them is the joy of coming to know the people who share a desire for service and heart expression…and who love drums, drumming and drummers!

a closeup of a thunder drum owner by a Pennsylvania customer

Thank you, Karen!

And thanks to you, too, my friend.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

 

NEW! Flipping for Drums!

I am so happy to bring you an experiment. Just discovered a very cool site that turns files into a FLIPBOOK, so here goes… “Some Drum Love”!

(Simply press the “Click to read” button below)

You can see many Thunder Valley Drums photos that I don’t have room for on the website, as well as learn a little more about where the drums are and what they’re doing with healers around the world. Fun!

This started as an experiment for me, but you can bet I’ll be using it again! You can do it too, and share with family and friends just like I’m doing here. (Best of all, the basic service is offered for free!)

Enjoy.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

A Thunder Drum Customer From Norway Shines Light On The “Dark Time”

stian a drum customer of thunder valley drum lives in norway
Stian and his Thunder Drum painted by Glenn Lewis.

I am the most fortunate individual on Earth, for practically every time an order for a drum comes in, it signals the start of a new friendship. We swap a few emails, discover our common interests, and share a common goal. Then, by the time the drum is born a few weeks later, we — customer, drum maker and drum—are all friends.

That’s why you are looking at Stian, a resident of Norway, and his drum, pictured here. He ordered the drum a few months ago, but it did not take long for a friendship to take root. After all, theories abound about how shamanism started in Siberia and soon spread in all directions, down into the Scandinavian countries and around the world, so I was interested in its influence in Stian’s Norway. I began to ask questions about life in the far north, and Stian indulged my curiosity with wonderful email replies. Our dialog continues even now, as that recent photo (above) and an earlier one he sent (below) reveals.  Here’s his latest email (reprinted with his permission).

“Hello. Hope it goes well in Kentucky. Here in Norway goes just fine. The days spent on shopping for Christmas gifts to make clear for Christmas. We’ve got some snow. I hope the snow for Christmas.

northern lights in norway
Northern Lights near where Stian lives. (Photographer unknown)

“Since we live north of the Arctic Circle, the sun gone from the sky. The sun does not come back until January. We call it dark time. When the sun comes back in January, we tend to have sunshine party. When we celebrate the sun is back in the sky. We have lots of Northern Lights in the sky, there is one lovely light.

“Otherwise I must say att it’s gorgeous sound of the drum. Love it.

Wish you all well.
Your friend Stian”

Norway drum owner's hometown
Stian used his phone to capture this shot of his hometown.

My reply.

“Hello, Stian. Wondrous to hear from you, my friend, and to read about the ‘dark time.’ It is so refreshing to know that your people embrace the land and its seasons in such a joyful way. I can imagine the wonderment of living a few months in a place without sun, and of how special it must be when the sun returns. It is like a time of incubation before being born. Amazing…and mysterious.

“And I am so happy that your drum is adjusting to your environment and sounding good!

“So very delightful to hear from you. All best wishes to you and to all of those around you in the land of the long night.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob”

I wish to thank Stian for his emails, photos…and friendship from a faraway place!

stians painted thunder drum
Stian’s drum. (TVD Photo)

A drum in the Artic Circle is so perfectly symbolic. It’s only natural, too, as the drum is both a circle in shape and in representation of the greater circle of friendship that can and should include all of us in this world.

 

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. —Black Elk (quote)

 

Aho & Namaste, Friends Everywhere
Bob

UPDATE 12/11/16:

Here is Stian’s wonderful and informative email follow-up to this post:

12/11/16: “That was a beautiful article. Really liked it. Did you know that shamanism is religion in Norway?

“As the first country in the world Norway accepted shamanism in 2013 as a religion in the country. Sjamanistisk Forbund (” Shamanistic Association”) can now perform weddings and other rites in public. The Norwegian government also gives money to support this. Denmark and Sweden are following this and has started the same associations in their countries.

“That’s my religion.

Your friend, Stian”

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Thank you, Stian!