Shamanic workshop

The Shaman Tools

For a number of years we have practiced shamanism and have created the appropriate tools

The very essence in shamanism is that all life is connected and that everything has a soul. That concept also covers the animal and the tree used to create a drum or a rattle.
To build a shaman drum based on the shamanic principals is like creating a highly specialized tool in cooperation with the Power Animals and spiritual guides.
The creation of a drum or a rattle involves a relationship between journeying to the spiritual world asking for power and guidance ...
.... and the mere craftsmanship required to perform the actual tasks. To build the drum or the rattle is a new and exciting process every time!

Materials:

This Birch Tree from The Finn-forest in Sweden was in the Fall 2008 struck by ligthning. We collected some pieces and branches and have now started to build this powerful material into some of our tools / Drums, Rattles, etc. ( Erik is standing beside the tree! )
We use solid pine, birch or ash for making the frame. The wood is carefully chosen. - at times even when still living in the woods.The drums vary in size and shape due to different strength and flexibility. The sizes of our drums vary from 30 to 55 cm. diameter.
The drum head is either hide from reindeer, goat, or deer.
We keep some drum heads all natural, and some we choose to die with different plant dies
Some drums even invite for the residing power to be enhanced (like on the drum above) or to be supported by the presence of symbols.
The handles are made of branches to provide a good and solid grip
The suspended handle secures an optimal resonance and an abundance of fine harmonics.

Drum Sticks

We use branches for drum sticks. We use leather or felt of wool for the batter.
The leather rattle is made out of reindeer hide, sewn into the desired shape.
Inside of it is either beans, olive kernels, or pebbles collected at the sea shore.
The rattles vary in size and energy.
The nut rattle is made of hassle nuts and has a particular "rattling in the wind" sensation to it. The shells are either kept natural or they are died with plant die. We use woods like juniper root, thuja, or hawthorn. Every new rattle is unique in its own way.
Smudge fans are made out of feathers from birds in our area.
Among other things a Smudge fan can be used with Incense and for Healing. The feathers can be mounted on a handle made from different types of wood.
The little "Earth Mother" figurine, is made as power jewelry. It is made out of clay and fired. The ashes from different herbs have been used to apply various color nuances to the clay. As they are all handmade the vary in size from 3 to 4 1/2 cm.
Power jewelry is small editions of rattles and feather fans...
...so small you can hang them around your neck.
Mini Smudge fans can be used as jewelry or can be used for decorating your drum.
There is great power residing in even small things!

Shamanic Experiences from Customers

“A Shamanic workshop … A place with many Spirits”.

To describe some more about how people experience the shamanic power within shamanism and using shamanic tools.
With permission from customers and shamanic practitioners we add some of  
their experience that they have shared with us. 

With Thanks for the sharing.


“Yesterday I initiated my shaman Drum “Spirit of the Wind”!!
A few days before, I went up the mountains near to my home, in a very thick mist/cloud that forms all day over the mountain. It was to explore to try discover a secluded untouched space in these popular mountains. I found a little valley with many many “dassies” which are mountain rabbit/rodents we have here. They all ran away except one, which sat still staring at me until I moved towards it. This happened three times over and though I thought I was being a bit odd following rodents, doing it lead me to a crag between very high enormous rocks that make a four direction cross NSWE. This was quite a surprise and I took it as a sign to maybe keep things personal and close to home. So I took spirit of the wind up there on the equinox. It was amazing. I used your box to carry it safely up the mountain, so first time unpacking/seeing it was up in this special place. It was the most intimate experience I’ve ever had with unpacking what we would call “just an item”, since I’ve learnt so much, but I could really feel the life the materials and your amazing craftsmanship. The smell of the deer hide is much more obvious than I ever would have thought, and that brought me quickly to connect with the deer and thanking him/her for the hide. I gently felt and tapped the shaman drum, amazed by how much it resonates wherever and however you touch it. It really sings every which way it interacts. After getting to know the sound a while, I went up into the center of the “4 direction crag” to try and connect to my guide/s with a journey. It took me some time to get used to getting a consistent tone, and I played for 30 minutes timed. When I asked if my power animal would make itself known, I started to see a sharp long face in the dark, mostly two eyes and a long nose that I thought was a dog/wolf, but felt that it was not wolf, wolf seemed to me like an obvious intellectual thing to think about as a “cool” power animal and I doubted that it was really wolf. Immediately after that many many birds started to flock onto the rocks above me, tweeting madly, completely not afraid of the beating drum, if anything seeming attracted to it. I wondered if this face was not a bird, but it had barely revealed itself. I had seen two crows swooping around the rocks right in front of me before greeting the drum, and wondered what perhaps the birds were trying to tell me. Then in a quite unconscious flood, my childhood came up and I remembered a crow that lived at a house of my oldest friend, and best human guide in my life, and I realised that crows show themselves to me almost every single time I am up in the mountains. I also love their sound, it means nothing of carrion and feeding on the dead, to me. I see them as wonderious soaring majestic birds, which they of course are. I felt like crow had perhaps been guiding me all my life one way or another, and in that moment asked “are you a crow?” and immediately right above me on the rocks above, where the flock of birds had come and gone from, a crow called out!! Perhaps to say no? … but I cannot help feeling it was a confirmation. With that, my call back time was up and I was shocked that it was time already. I thought I was ten minutes in. Amazing! Usually I get very uncomfortable trying to meditate out on the rocks and such, but time certainly can disappear in this state of consciousness! . When I opened my eyes, the world seemed somehow new and my mind calm, fresh and uncluttered, also much like when taking power plants only much much more pure and just.. right. Natural. The rest of the day up there was so calming. I just sat on the rocks listening to the birds and the wind through the trees in the forest below. Truly the beginning of what feels like a new life. A life lived the “old way”. I feel quite alone in this shamanic journey as very few people seem to be walking this path these days. They try, misguided by thinking they need to do drugs to be spiritual, but I am content that we are all alone, and yet all one.”
Colin, Cape Town, South Africa.



Oh Erik and Susanne! 

I received my magnificent drum today!  I cannot begin to thank you enough for bringing her forth.  She was greeted with a juniper smudge and copal blessings.  Her skin has been dampened and her sound is beautiful.  As I picked her up and started to bless her I heard her name as Spirit Walker.  It’s hard to find words to express my feelings.  They are full of joy and gratitude.  I’ve waited a long time to find her.  The drum stick is wonderful and I love the wolf hair around the bottom.  Your work is beautiful and I am so grateful to walk this earth at the same time together.

In deep gratitude.

From my heart to yours,

Roxy Fredrickson – Colorado USA

Erik & Susanne:

Black Eagle came last week.  This past weekend I had time to engage with her.  She took me on a few little journeys. It did not take long for me to meet up with my guide/power animal.  The drum sounds beautiful.  It seemed as if I was running with a herd of reindeer as I traveled along side a river in the north with snow and ice.  What a sight.  And, then I flew alongside an eagle.  I believe you were correct, Black Eagle was waiting to come home.  I only hope I am worthy. 

Michael, Arizona, USA

I am so happy with the rattle and drum that I purchased from you !
I am the envy of my Shamanic Healing group. An elder has said that my drum is the finest drum he has ever seen. 
It is exceptional at calling in spirit !
Thank you, Eric & Susanne!
Lou Ann Hendershot, Oshkosh, WI  USA