St. Johns River Drum III - $450
The drum itself is a naturally hollowed dead cypress knee which I rescued from the
inevitable rot in obscurity. With determined elbow grease I removed the bad, and what
was left is remarkable.
Instead of stretchin’ a membrane across the openin’ I decided to keep it all natural
and beat directly on the wood usin’ the lag bones of a cow as drumsticks. The knuckle
of the bone is covered with rawhide to help protect the wood. The sound is like this:
Sorry, I ain’t no drummer, but you get the idea.
The device which holds the suspended
drum is designed to come apart and fold
for transport. The upright, and arm are
from the same piece of driftwood cypress,
and the feet and bottom brace are cedar.
The pins are all hand hewn from oak, and
attached usin’ hemp twine so they don’t
The suspension from the arm allows for
a great resonance sound of nature. There
are different tones on different surfaces,
and once learned could make a good
The stained hand prints are mine for show.
I can deliver within
a 50 mile radius of
DeBary, and the fee
would be $40. No
Also, a cherry mallet is included
to make the pins go in easier.