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Drum of the woods by savagedryad Drum of the woods by savagedryad
So this has been a LOoooong labor of love. I ordered the frame and hide back in mid February from the amazing folks at Shamanic Druidry. www.etsy.com/shop/ShamanicDrui… Seriously they are very awesome do check them out.

I got distracted and busy and not to mention sick and was unable to work on it the second it all got here. I began work on it last week and wouldn't you know I got to work on this while we were blessed with the presence of the Pan Starrs comet. I finished it today on the spring equinox.

Its a pegged sami style drum. I hand carved each peg from local woods. 21 different woods in all. Each one corresponding to one of my runes. The frame is ash wood. The hide is Fallow Deer with wonderful natural spots. The handle is lightning struck poplar. The beater is made from hawthorn. The decorative cord is made from nettle.. yes nettle, that I hand dyed with walnuts. YES with nuts because I am out of my mind! All the wood parts have been treated with balm of Gilead infused oil.

The entire drum sounds amazing, SMELLS amazing (like a forest) In fact depending on the air temperature you can hear the sound of the different wood pegs depending on where you play on the hide. Some of the pegs even have moss and lichen on them still.

Its the perfect drum for a dryad. ^_^

EDIT: ERMAHGURD A DD! *faints* Okay I swear I will try and get back to everyone with questions! :P meanwhile umm go look at the rest of my gallery I guess. yeas.. do that! :P

Second EDIT: Details on buying. FOR SALE HERE- www.etsy.com/listing/209896359…
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Drum of the woods by ~savagedryad ( Featured by Talty )
:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional
exquisite
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InVistaArts Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
love this
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  :)
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somniumferre Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing drum! :) I am quite jealous of it :P
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Darkbookworm26 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, your dedication to this project is incredible. Awesome job! I think it is a gorgeous sacred object.
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) Thanky!
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bionomi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ooo, thats simply amazing! Great job, mon... It's GREAT to see an artwork done with such a passion and wisdom. You wrote that the drum smells like a forest... :) I like that part so much.. (What a pity that there is no chance to upload its scent on the internet... :D) I believe you made a real forest spirit, very detailed, beautiful and strong...
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Awesome :3
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DragonAlloy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the original idea for the handle :D and just the extra detail with the side runes this is amazing :D i actually get to have fun painting someones hand drum in about a week. :)
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) Painting drums is fun stuff. Ever done one before?
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DragonAlloy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i havent painted a drum or made one before. i work at a native school and they offer a class to make a drum, but tradition is you gotta give the 1st one away... i dont wanna spend over 100$ for 2 drums lol :D
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The drum is beautiful. Truly amazing. I'm almost more impressed however, with reading your novel of an Artist's Comment. I love the specific details you mentioned (which made me look back at the pictures several times) because they made the picture worth waaaaay more than a thousand words. More than a million words even. It's so cool. What do you plan to do with it? Is it a decorative piece, or do you have a use in mind?
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh I make things to be loved and used. ;) This will be happily played frequently here at home and out in the world, at festivals, and in the woods. Thank you so much for your compliments!
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem. It makes me happy to see tangible things get DDs. Pictures are amazing... But the process that went into your drum was something probably based on ancient techniques that were used hundreds of years ago... I really love feeling connected to the past.
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
<3 As do I. I used to do way more digital art. But there is just something about transforming an idea into a tangible object that is utterly magical.
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I feel the same way (I knit and sew and do costuming for my school's drama department). You can touch it and use it and smell it... It's not just a figment of your imagination, it's really there.
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AtypicalAnimal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is a beautifully crafted instrument...out of curiousity, if you were to sell this, how much would you ask for it??
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :) I wouldn't sell this one but one made to be like it would run about 380 USD give or take depending on where I need to ship it.
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nihilistic-hun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. It is very interesting. It is a very different design than the drums I am used to seeing with the lacings on the back.
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its a style that was used in northern and some eastern European drums. The lacing is more of a north plains American native thing. Its all about materials. Lost of trees and wood to work with means they would save the rawhide for other projects. Not a lot of trees means they would use rawhide to tune the drum. :)
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nihilistic-hun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info. And yes, I am used to seeing North American drums.. :)
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Severka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
This is beautiful on so many levels.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Brilliant!! Absolutely BRILLIANT! I love the concept and the execution. How I want this instrument...
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Wing0Eater Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful crafting!
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congradulations on your DD well deserved
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional
Sweet you got a DD

I hope to get one someday
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HollieBollie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so incredible!! Wow! Congrats on the DD
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD! :heart:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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The-Macattack Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I like it! It looks very similar to the bodhran minus the stick being different. Probably sounds great!
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BrellMacCahon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, that's what it reminded me of as well.
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful drum! I love your description of the materials. Congrats on the DD!
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Team-RazorBlade Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
These kinda drums are fun to play~<33
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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Meelespea Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Id love to hear that drum being plaied
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Lycantreia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
oh yesss, me too! :)
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Okarnillart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
What an amazing drum! A real labour of love and she will repay you well for it. Wish I could hear her
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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natureandthings Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Wow this is amazing! i want one :P
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. If you are serious about wanting me to make a drum for you message me for details. But if that is just a "I want one to magically appear in my hands because it is so awesome." well then Thank you again and glad you like it. :)
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kattenjadams Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Good ghu, if I but had the money. I could make this... but my life is too busy! Also, I'd use very different methods (NOT better methods, just different! I like your design very much!). One day, when I'm not bouncing from job to job and my volunteer work becomes REAL work, I'll bother you again. This sort of item would be great to have at one of my local LARPs (Knight Realms). I'd like to see a few in our logistics barn for the druid npcs and barbarians to roll out with!

Now, if one magically appeared in my hands, the world would be awesome ;) *wink wink, nudge nudge* (Kidding ;P )

The detail on the pegs and the selection of materials is just fantastic, though! It's a really fantastic bit of work you've done there! What did you use to secure the poplar in place? I have an idea, but am probably wrong so I'll save myself the embarrassment! x3
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Ohh larp! Sounds nifty! And to answer your question oodles of sticky pine resin. :)
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kattenjadams Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
That's what I thought it was! Very nice! :3
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natureandthings Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Hmm both options are very tempting :P i will note you. beautiful work!
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