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!


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... 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.

Hello Susanne and Erik,
Hurray! Home at last where they belong! My beautifully handcrafted rattles “Song of the Turtles” and “Healing Dance of the Bear” have arrived safely due to the exceptionally well-packed travel tube and soft protective bags (you must have sensed that blue and green are my favourite colours).  It was an instant bond when I held them (we are now the ‘powerful and loving trio’).  Having found the translation for turtle and bear in the Cree and Ojibwe languages (tribes of the Indigenous people on whose territory I reside), I invited my rattles to choose the name they resonated with the most – Turtle chose Miskwadeesi and Bear picked Maskwa. On my ceremonial walks to welcome them on Turtle Island (Canada-North America), taking them to my special sacred spots in the park and pond, I felt two strong, kind, gentle and fun-loving female energies emerge. What a perfect combination and just what I need – support and guidance in standing my ground, being courageous and confident while maintaining my childlike curiosity and zest for life! It feels like my two worlds are coming full circle – my Germanic/Nordic roots represented by the spirits from Denmark/Sweden where the rattles were birthed have now joined with my 1st generation roots on Turtle Island and connection to the nature spirits and First Nation Peoples of this Land.
Thank you so much for creating these magnificent works of art with such love and dedication. I feel blessed to have been united with them.
Miigwech – Namaste – Danke
Birgit. Turtle Island Canada.

Hello ~ My Friends!
Today both Shamanic Rattles arrived…They made their final leg of the journey on the eve of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse! They are both SO beautiful and seem like kindred spirits! I feel VERY BLESSED by their presence!!!
The Shaman Rattle “Inner Child” was initially experienced in the Left Hemisphere of My Brain when I first heard Her sing. Now that has expanded very strongly in My Heart and Throat Center…seeming to culminate and/or gather @ My Third Eye and then sink deeply into my Pineal Gland…more on this part later!!! This is exciting to me, and I wish to experience this more and sink deeply into it! She is precious and sweet, compassionate, joyful, and all-knowing!!! The willow handle has a Life all its own. It is its own creature, and the willow wood has a pleasing Earthly scent, and the red squirrel fur is so pretty!
As I opened the pouch of the Shaman Rattle “Revealing Secrets Of The Darkness”, the aroma of the juniper handle intoxicated me with such strength and sweetness! I know this smell as the smell of cedar. I am very smitten with this fragrance!!! Hearing the Song of Revealing Secrets Of The Darkness (Feeling Both Female & Male Energy For Revealing Secrets Of The Darkness) affected me @ the Acupuncture Points of Lung 1 & Lung 2 on both sides straight up to my ears and inside my ears…Upon playing again, I experienced a higher ending point @ the outside corners of my eyes @ my Sphenoid Bones and deep into my Crystal Palace! While I heard this rattle’s song, the word “Void” kept repeating over and over again inside my Consciousness…so much so that I feel “Void” or “The Void” may be a part of or the name of Revealing Secrets…
The Void’s owl feathers are SO soft, and there are many owls to be found on both the handle and on the reindeer hide, itself! I have also found strong Cat Energy in the hide of the rattle…a Big Black Jungle Cat…but somewhat hidden, invisible…but always present!!!
En Million Gange Tak ~ Deborah, Chicago, USA

Hi Susanne & Erik!
I am in LOVE with the new Power Objects I have just received from You:  “The Power Within” Shamanic Drum, “The Earth Medicine” Shamanic Rattle, and “The Songs Of The Roots” Shamanic Rattle.
Everything was in PERFECT condition, and it arrived SO quickly… These Shamanic Tools are SO vibrant and alive!
Each day I am coming into a deeper and deeper relationship with them!
I have been journeying daily with them since they arrived and have slept with them @ my bedside; making contact just before sleep!
“The Power Within” Shamanic Drum appears to me now in Lion form as I drum and journey with him.  We are becoming acquainted and coming to a deeper state of relationship. His resonance is very deep and extremely powerful!!!  I feel it deeply in my body, and by playing with where I strike the drum, I can feel the power of the sound of the drum in different parts of my body.
I feel his power is deeply rooted in The Lower World but, also, deeply rooted within me; very strongly in my lower three chakras! And if I strike the drum in a vertical fashion, I can feel each beat @ my corresponding chakra. The beauty of the drum, itself, is Awe-Inspiring!!! I love how you have left part of the beech tree bark on the pins and have matched the drum beater SO perfectly!
All of your shamanic practice in acquiring the materials and then co-creating same is felt and surrounds the objects!
It has been a learning experience for me to play with the different objects.
I am feeling “The Song Of The Roots” Shamanic Rattle in my first chakra very strongly straight down my legs and deeply imbedded into Our Mother Earth, and, again, it is felt in the Lower World. – Ancestors are arriving when this rattle is engaged.
I love the fur on it!  It is so soft and sweet!
“The Earth Medicine” Shamanic Rattle makes a strong connection in my Heart Center on up into my throat.
It is a heart opener, a mothering energy… and feels strongly connected with The Middle World and with the wee ones; the fairy people…
I am learning more about these Shamanic Power Objects and Tools and how they impact my inner and outer bodies, shamanic journeys, prayers, healings, and also recognizing and knowing which one is the appropriate tool for the task at hand.
I have come to realize the strength and power of creating a deeper and deeper relationship, friendship, and love with them; versus just utilizing an object to meet my needs.
“The Capricorn” Shamanic Drum I acquired from you previously resonates with the Middle World and my Heart Center! 
I have yet to introduce him to “The Power Within” Shamanic Drum, as he is somewhat temperamental; a quality about him of which I find endearing!  It proves how vital and alive your co-creations are; that they each have their own different personality aspects 😉
“The Thunder” Shamanic Rattle I acquired from you @ an earlier time has happily integrated with the new arrivals! 
I have felt this rattle deeply connected to The Upper World and feel it in my Higher Centers.  It is one I utilize for Prayers and Healings…
It has the handle which was made from the birch tree that was struck by lightening. 
I feel this energy in a very deep manner…a powerful force directed downward from the Heavens above! 
All of this has brought me into a deep State Of Inner Joy, and the knowledge that this will only continue to get deeper and more profound, as our relationships deepen and unfold, creates a very deep State Of Excitation within My Being 🙂
I look forward to practicing and journeying with ALL my Shamanic Friends for the Full Moon  Ceremony next Tuesday… including a Prayed-For Fire!!!
I See You Both In The Swedish Forests For Your Summer Sojourn
In Such A Deep Heart Space and Deep Soul Space, And It Is A Wonderful Image… It brings me immense Happiness and Joy…
Many Blessings To
You Both 🙂
And For Fulfilling Your Souls’ Tasks And Journeys,

Deborah, Chicago, USA

“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