Some of the oldest Magickal tools are the drum and rattle. Here's a new opportunity to make one of your own, infused with your energy and spirit!
Join us September 25th at 10am to build a drum or 2pm to create a rattle.

This playshop is lead by Don at The Different Drum, sign up by emailing or by text or phone @ (916) 835-1863. Prices for the workshop are below.
Contact Don

Drum Playshop Prices:
Deer -
14" - $140
16" - $160
18" - $190
Elk -
14" - $150
16" - $170
18" - $200
20" - $250
Buffalo -
16" - $220
18" - $250
20" - $300
"Repeat Offenders" can contact me directly for "off menu" options.
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.

2:00 Rattle Playshop Prices:
3" Deer - $40
5" Elk - $60
5" Buffalo - $70
All paid registrations are due by Monday, 9/13/21. No Exceptions.
Payment by:
Facebook Pay,
PayPal invoice by e-mail,
CC by phone,
or check by snail mail as long as I get it before the due date.

Drum FAQ:

"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. 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.
"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 arrange to have you come up to my Home workshop in Nor Cal for a 1-on-1 session. This works REALLY well for mother drums if you're so inclined.

"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. Save that artistic enthusiasm for making rattles!

"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?

"What about the rattles?"
The rattles are a LOT more free-form and are a great exercise for your artistic abilities. Please feel free to bring any beads, baubles, feathers, fur, leather, or anything else that feels good for adornment. I'll bring a bunch of goodies and paints, as well.
Contact Don to sign up