Guidance for buying your drum

Choosing the size

There are four sizes you can choose to buy: 12″, 14″, 16″ and 18″ diameter.

14 inch drums are good for working with both inside and outside as they are easier to carry, lighter to hold than our larger drums, and fit inside a rucksack. They have a higher tone compared with the bigger drums. The larger the drum, the deeper the tone.

The 16 inch drum is a popular size for using both indoors, as well as outdoors if you are not planning on walking too far with it. They are the best size to balance tone with manageability.

Our 18 inch drums have the deepest resonance but are really an indoor drum, as they are not so easy to carry long distances. They are heavier to hold and some people are put off by the weight of them, but others are happy with the size and weight because of the depth of tone the drum gives.

We have a limited number of 12 inch drums for sale. are the smallest of our drums and have the highest tone. They are popular with people who are looking for a light drum which is very easy to hold and pack into a bag to take outside and work on the land with. We are phasing out making 12 inch drums as, although they are functional, they lack the resonance of other drums.

Guidance on how to choose which hide

Much of this is about which kind of animal and animal energy you are drawn to, but the colour and texture will also be a consideration for you.

The reindeer hides are the lightest both in colour and also in feel, when compared with the Deer and Horse hides.

We have two suppliers for our Deer hide who use slightly different methods of processing the hide. So you can choose from a smooth finish, or a rustic organic looking finish.

The horse skins come in a range of shades of brown and are usually the darkest of our hides.

There are some photos of the different hides below.

Other considerations

We fix a crystal into our handles which will give the drum a particular energy, so you may want to consider this when you choose your drum. You will see the crystal energy descriptions included in the information about each drum in our Etsy shop.

Also, each tension ring is bound in a coloured suede or leather, so you may want to choose what colour ring if that is important to you. We have natural colours like brown, tan, olive or forest green, as well as purple, crimson and red.


If you would like a drum made to your specific requirements please contact us at and we will be happy to help. There is usually a 2-3 week lead time to make a drum from placing the order to receiving the drum.

Our Horse hides are our darkest hides, and range from medium to dark brown. They have subtle patterns in them which vary from hide to hide.

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Our reindeer hides come from the Sami tribe in Siberia. The hide has a fine delicacy about it, and is smooth and light, with faint patterns.

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These hides from a Red Deer herd in the Lake District have a rough feel to them and are rich in patterns and texture.

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These hides from Scotland are smoother and range from light to medium brown, and have slight patterns on them which differ from hide to hide.

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