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Healing Festival Time!

Healing Festival and Thunder Valley Drums

Special Event, July 18-19!

     Come join us at the local Healing Festival, a time for laughter, sharing and healing. We will have many new drums available, and of course will be delighted to provide shamanic readings for you too.

Lots of other healers and vendors will be waiting with us to see you!

Link to Event Page

We hope to see you there!

Welcome To The New, Reconstituted Thunder Valley Drums Blog!

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It’s a heart’s adventure founded on a vow of service.

I’m in the process of moving the old blog, so there’s lots of housecleaning occurring in order to gear up for the June 25 launch of its new home here!

Meantime, please know that I am committed to service to life, all of life, the basis of a sacred vow I made many years ago that continues to stir my heart and to prompt this move. So you can expect a continuation of the same heart-felt articles, helping advice and the occasional eclectic fling that have become the hallmark of the Thunder Valley Drums Blog– only better (I hope!).

While I continue to pack up shamanic drums, old comic books and six years’ worth of other stuff accumulated on the old site, please feel free to poke around the new digs! And who knows, before long there may a LOT of surprises in store for you!

See you soon!

Aho & Namaste,


Spiritual Superhero Week Flashback 2

I’m walking down memory lane with you as I move previous posts over from my old blog. And this one is from a series first appearing in 2012 and featuring superheroes from yesteryear who have found new spiritual paths during their retirement. This post features the wonderful Mary Marvel, circa 1940s.


This is the second of five installments.

Here’s the original post:


If you just landed here on the Shaman Drums blog for the first time, here’s an up-to-date summary of what you just got yourself into.

This is the second in a week-long series of posts that combines many things I love. Not everything I love, but at least a bunch. To wit, in no particular order: (1.) I love to make shamanic drums and other sacred tools for spiritual seekers, like shamanic rattles, lightning sticks, shaman’s jewelry, things for your altar, shamanic spirit shields, and the like, mostly from the powerfully charged wood of lightning-struck trees (you can see ’em all on the Thunder Valley Drums Website here); (2.) I love old comic books; (3.) I love teaching, talking / reading, and otherwise engaging in shamanism; and (4.) I love learning from other spiritual seekers like you. So the series combines all of these things into a sort of fantasy I’m having about what it would be like if superheroes were to suddenly become seekers, too, and what their comic book appearances may look like, as sponsored by Thunder Valley Drums. Cool, eh? KEWL!

Oh, that last ingredient in number 4, you, is up to you. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment here, of course, or send along an email: livefree @ naturalshamandrums.com

So now, on with the show! Here’s Day Two of the TVD Spiritual Superhero Week! Sha-zaam!

Mary Marvel and rattle

Aho & Namaste,


New Shamanic Drums For Healers

Well, it’s been three weeks since my last stopover here on the blog. Wow! I am certain that the world is presently caught in a time warp and that it’s really still January, 2014. I cannot believe the calendar on my desk!

Okay, okay, so it IS February. It’s just that time has evaporated so quickly in the past weeks because I’ve been so busy. Many of you have felt the need to step forward with your healing abilities and have ordered shamanic drums as a result. Here are the latest two, which are now delivered to a husband and wife team in Virginia. (You can read more about the drums from the owners’ perspectives on my Facebook page.)

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A husband and wife drum set.

Master artist Glenn Lewis did the paintings, with acrylics, and I must say, he did a fabulous job reproducing the photos which the folks had provided beforehand. One is trimmed with leather lacing and the other with multicolored crocheted stringing and leather lacing. The custom-made drumsticks are similarly outfitted. Both drums are Hummingbird-type drums, which you can see on the TVD Website.

I am the luckiest working man in the world ’cause I get to do what I love! And that is, to make drums and lose track of time!

Aho & Namaste,


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A Truckload of Lightning

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A fresh load of lightning

The body is tired, but the heart is strong! Today we cut and brought home a truckload of lightning!

The lightning-struck tree I’ve been writing about for the past two years is now fully ready to complete its transformation into sacred drums. The remainder of the beautiful logs cut from the towering maple were carefully scored and sawed, then loaded onto our little  Subaru for the 30-mile trek to my home. I am honored to welcome these spiritual ally medicine drums, all 27 of them, weighing in at roughly 800 pounds! They join the five I’ve already turned into drums, so the family is growing! It is the most potential drums I’ve ever recovered from a single tree. Obviously, this maple was eager to complete its destiny.

While we were working, I recalled a hickory tree we cut many years ago. It was smaller, but still produced about 17 would-be drums. However, many of the rounds we had cut would later resist becoming drums. They would break my tools, or split wide open, or simply fall apart rather than to be fashioned into something they were not. That was back when I was learning about the nature of these warriors, and their own sense of knowing their individual destinies. That was a big lesson for me: Not all drums I cut want to be drums.

Much has changed since then.

Today, as we cut the rounds, I loaded most of them, one by one, pausing to be with each and to lay my hand on them. Each has a personality, and this was a way I’ve learned over the years to connect with them, sort of like a handshake, but more. It is as if I am laying my hand on their hearts, and opening my heart to them. It is the first step in building a relationship and in preparing us to know each other. Their predecessors had taught me to do this in order to engender mutual respect.

It is probably safe to say that not all 27 of these possible drums will choose to serve as such. Of the 17 that came from the hickory, only five or so chose to make the step into service as allies for shaman healers and seekers. The others were returned to the spot where the parent tree had once grown, there to meld back into the Earth to help produce new trees for the future. Likewise, any of these that prefer to serve in that way will also be returned to their point of origination. It is the way of things, and I am thankful for the lessons these friends have taught me over the years.

Right now, though, there are more than two dozen unique teachers waiting for me. They each have a story to tell, a decision to make, and a destiny to fulfill as we get to know each other. I am most eager to be with and to learn from them, and to honor their choices. Twenty-seven beautiful journeys await.

I will update you along the way.

Aho & Namaste,

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