Spoke to Patrick Pinson over the phone the day after Winter Solstice. He is a very friendly man who when answering my questions felt a little like a speaker for the Divine. In other words, he spoke to my spirit/my heart! His enthusiasm and knowledge of his products made it a joy to speak to this man. And, just a few days before Christmas...He was not stressing me out! He was calm and personal.
My package with a drum, rattle kit and a few ceremony smudges came 2 days later!
I soaked my the hides over night.
Today, I sat down and followed a book that came with the kit and a package of videos I found on Youtube.
The process was enjoyable. I look forward to hearing the drum's voice.
I choose Elk skin for the drum head and cedar for the base/ring. Cedar is a sacred tree to Shaman/Native people and one of my favorites in the forests in my backyard.
Elk is medicine for the belly Chakra.
Thought it was appropriate medicine for my life these days.