19 October 2012

the eco dyed shaman drum




 








Deer skin, ashwood, willow leaves, oak leaves, ash leaves, rose leaves, alder cones, stick from plum tree, ground madder root, ground rosehip, water and a full moon merges together and becomes a living shaman drum with a bit of help from my hands ...

14 comments:

  1. this is so beautiful..............

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  2. Hi,
    I am intrigued how you did this.....was it just left outside to dye or did you heat it? x lynda
    p.s. l do understand if you do not want to tell us.x

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    1. Hi Lynda, and thanks!
      There's no secret. The log-photo above shows that pressure is the key :) I simply folded the edges of the skin in on itself, to keep it all moist. Covered with a layer of linoleum, some boards and finished off with the logs. Left it for some hours, not sure how many - half a day, maybe. Dipped it in rainwater and nothing more.
      I wasn't sure at all it would work, but had to try when I had the opportunity!

      (I presume rawhide is more precise than skin, it's fresh skin with the hair removed).

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  3. What a wonderful result!!! I make drums, too, and I never would have thought to eco-dye my skin first. I must try this!!! WoW!!!

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    1. So happy to be able to inspire! :)

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  4. This drum makes my heart sing....
    Naturally dyed deer skin? oh my.

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  5. Incredibly beautiful and such magic here.

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  6. Beautiful : )
    would you mind if I put you on my blogroll?

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  7. Thank you everybody!
    Beetlebirdhare; Thank you too, I'd be honored!

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  8. Wow, I live what you did with your Drum! She's beautiful...

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