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Drum Making Playshop!

April 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Drum Making Playshop

At the Drum Making Playshop you make your own Magickal tool!!!

Event over half full – advanced registration a must!!!

Facilitated Masterfully By Don Schultz, founder of The Different Drum. He says:

It’s been said that the oldest magical tool besides the human voice is the drum. That said, here’s your opportunity to not just own, but create, one of these ancient tools of your very own.

So, here are the questions I get the most. If I miss something, please contact me!

“Are these Native American drums?”

Yes and no. Yes, Native Americans still make similar drums, but so do a lot of other cultures around the world. These are, essentially, the same kind of drums any of our ancestors might have made thousands of years ago when they were still working with stone tools – only better, thanks to a little modern technology that help longevity (I’ll show you how in the class). They’re truly Pan-cultural and practically part of our DNA – no matter what your background.

“What are my hide selections?”

Buffalo, Elk, or Deer. These are all hunted animals – no farm slaughters – and are all blessed and all the parts used long before I ever see the hides.

“What are the differences?”

Tough question to answer, as every drum is utterly different than every other one (the beauty of this particular medium), but IN GENERAL:

Buffalo – deeper pitch, less resonant, more grounding, heavier.

Elk – Medium to higher pitch, most versatile, longer resonance, energy varies. Elk is my “go to” hide for almost everything.

Deer – light weight, higher pitched, simple, clean resonance, very “air”/”Higher chakra” kind of feeling.

Again, remember, these are generalizations (really, I can’t stress this enough) and what your drum becomes is also DIRECTLY related to your personal energy resonance.

“What size can I make?”

14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ Yes, generally, bigger is deeper and louder. If you want to wake the dead, do a 20″ Buffalo. For ceremonial/divining work, a 16″ Elk or deer might be a better choice. You get the idea.

“OK… How Much…?”

And here we go…


14″ – $160

16″ – $180

18″ – $210


14″ – $170

16″ – $190

18″ – $220

20″ – $270


16″ – $240

18″ – $270

20″ – $320

Note that not all hides come in all sizes. Why? Simply, over the years, I’ve learned which ones work best at what range and this represents the best set of choices.

“What if I want to make something bigger?”

Great! At that point, they get pretty time consuming and aren’t group class friendly. Talk to me about what you’d like to do and we’ll make some time for a 1-on-1 session. This works REALLY well for mother drums if you’re so inclined.

“When do I have to let you know?”

Well, the first best answer is always, “The sooner the better”, but the registration date for this playshop is Monday April 1st, which will allow me enough time to order and process everything I need. Remember, I’m customizing this to you, so I don’t order anything until it’s all paid for. This isn’t “one size fits all” like so many others are.

“What kind of payments do you take?”

Easiest – PayPal. I’ll send an invoice for your choice to your e-mail.

Next easiest – Credit Card by phone. (Note, also processed through PayPal.)

Yes, a check is fine if it’s in my hand by the deadline.

Cash is cool too, if you come by the workshop or find me at a Festival.

“OK, now that that’s out of the way, what do I have to bring?”

A sunny disposition, a sense of adventure, and two hands (or a friend with two hands). I supply all the hide, hoops, tools, and materials for drum sticks. Of course, drum sticks!!

“Will we be decorating our drums?”

Nope, not this time, but I’ll happily answer all your questions as to how to personalize your new baby.

“How long does it take?”

About 2-3 hours, depending on the group. About 3-7 days before the drum is ready to play.

“Do we get to take them home?”

Of course! What would be the fun, otherwise?

“How do we contact you?”

FB is generally easiest, of course, but you can also:

e-mail me at drummaker@thedifferentdrum.net

or call or text me at (916) 835-1863 .

Come make a whole magical day of it by making a rattle in the morning and joining the Drum Circle that night!!

(This event is held for the benefit of the local Love Tribe. Mara makes no money on Don’s Drums! Your love offering of $20 would be greatly appreciated at the event. Thank you so much!)



April 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mara Clear Spring
Don Schultz


Mara’s Shamanic Oasis
4753 Jessie Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States
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