Native American-style Ceremonial Hand Drums for sale
and West African-style Gourd Udu Drums for Sale

Native American-style Hand Drums

Native American Style Drums by Hawk Hurst
Native American Style Drums by Hawk Hurst
Native American Style Drums by Hawk Hurst
Hawk first studied drum making, in 1987, with Northwest Coast drum-maker, Jim Hickey. Jim learned to tie this style of drum from the First Nations people of British Columbia. The sound that resonates from these authentic-style, ceremonial drums is absolutely wonderful. Hawk has made several different styles of drums over the past two decades, but has found that the method of tying used on these Northwest Coast style-drums, is the only one which will keep a drum tight for many years.

The photos show both the round hoops and the 16-sided frames, as well as, how the skin is bound to the frame. The round frames are made from either Spruce or Maple and will range in diameter from 15” to 17”. The 16-sided frames are made from Western Red Cedar and will range in diameter from 15” to 17”. The skins used will be from either Elk or Cow, depending on what is currently available. Smaller drums are also available, and (10” diameter) are perfect for children or for travel. A drum beater with a rivercane handle, deerskin leather, and sheep’s wool stuffing, is included with each drum purchase.

Decorating your drum: Hawk does not paint or decorate the drums, however, if you should want to paint on the skin you may do so by following these simple instructions:

1) Using a pencil, draw your design onto the surface of the dried rawhide (skin).

2) Take a sopping wet, bath towel and cover the entire area of the drum you wish to paint upon (over your drawings). Let sit for two hours, or until skin is wet.

3) Using high-quality acrylic paints, set to work painting your drum. If you do not like what you are doing, it should be possible to run water over the area to remove any acrylic BEFORE IT DRYS.

4) Check to be sure your drum is completely dry (usually 48 hours) before playing.

Want to Make Your Own Native Amercan-style Hand Drum? CLICK HERE

“The drum arrived today. It is the most beautiful drum I’ve ever seen. You created a beautiful instrument for my son and I thank you so much. Although you and I have not met, I feel this is a joint gift to my son. I am really so excited to give this to him.”
- Susan Davies, Satisfied Customer

West-African-style Gourd Udu Drums

West African Style Drums by Hawk Hurst
West African Style Udu Drums by Hawk Hurst
Hawk has been sharing his joy of crafting and creating gourd Udu drums since 1999. Udu drums are side-hole pot drums. Often made entirely of clay, the Udu Drums that Hawk makes are created using bottle-neck gourds. Bottle-neck gourd udu drums are narrow necked, vase-like vessels, with a circular hole in the side in addition to an opening at the top. The basic playing technique incorporates drumming on the side hole while selectively opening and closing the top hole with the other hand. Using simple handmade tools, I decorate each Udu drum in it’s own unique manner, relying upon ancient artistic techniques developed and refined by indigenous people all over the world. They are truly gourdgeous!

According to master UDU drum maker, Frank Giorgini, “ “the origins of this instrument can be traced to central and southern Nigeria. It is the invention of some ancient village potter who struck a hole in the side of a traditional clay water vessel (or possibly a bottle neck gourd) and discovered the resonating sound that could be produced. The word Udu means both pottery and peace in the Ibo language of Nigeria. Some believe the deep haunting sound particular to the drum is the “voice of the ancestors” when used in religious ceremonies.”

A longtime interest in African drumming began for Hawk, at the University of Oklahoma where he attended college. He received his first instruction from two members of the Streetpeople Reggae band - griot, Jahruba Lambeth and percussionist, Jordan Benison, of Togo, Africa. He first learned how to make African-style drums by restoring a Cuban-style conga drum with the help of his next door neighbor, Pedro. His West African drumming skills were greatly enhanced under the tutelage of (the late) Master Drummer, Babatunde Olatunji, of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. He continued to learn new songs and rhythms from his good friend and mentor, Snowbear Taylor.

Want to Make Your Own Gourd Udu Drum? CLICK HERE

Order Information

*** IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU E-MAIL ME BEFORE ORDERING, to verify availability of drum making materials (hoops, frames, and skins) and/or gourds for the Udu drums. I prefer to contact all customers, preferably by e-mail, prior to shipping their drums. If you have any questions or special requests about a ceremonial hand drum or a gourd udu drum feel free to contact Hawk, via e-mail. Please allow TWO to THREE weeks for delivery. If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Me.

PAYMENT: You may submit payment by using PAYPAL (see below to order), or by sending a check or money order made out to Hawk Hurst, for the full amount. Add $30 for US shipping.

Hawk Hurst
16 Halsey Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Native American-style Ceremonial Hand Drum: Round Maple Hoop, 15 inch diameter – $175
Native American-style Ceremonial Hand Drum: Round Maple Hoop, 16 inch diameter – $185
West African-style Gourd Udu Drum, Large – $75
Native American Style Drums by Hawk HurstNative American Style Drums by Hawk Hurst

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Hawk Hurst
16 Halsey Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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