Faye Bradbury 
        Laughing Heart Enterprises

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           Medicine / Shamanic Hand Drums and Rattles

Page Contents


  • Drum description and examples of commissioned work
  • Rattle description and rattles currently for sale
  • Customer commission and general enquiries form

News Flash
  • 2018 drum making retreat weekends from a tipi near Gloucester. 
  • May 12 & 13
  • June 21 & 22
  • Sept 8 & 9

'.... I was with Chief Dancing Thunder at the weekend. He picked up the drum you made me and described it as "a beautiful work of art and a wonderful representation of the deer, the matrix of the universe and the flow of energy." Thanks again for making me a beautiful drum' ...Greg M


The Drum


"The drum is the heartbeat.  The heartbeat of the Earth we tread upon. It is our own heartbeat, the heartbeat that connects us to all life on this physical plane, the first thing we hear and feel whilst in the womb before taking our first breath.  It is primal, intrinsic, it connects us to each other, to all other living beings, to nature and to our ultimate divinity.  It is one of the most ancient sounds and feelings on earth, for it is not just a sound, it is also a feeling.  Listen to and feel your heart beating.  It is grounding, freeing, full of wisdom, it can transport you into other realms, into your inner sanctity reconnecting you with your soul, with your core being.  It can be used in celebration, wild abandon, ceremony, journeying, for pure pleasure or for releasing, clearing and healing.  Listen to your heart.  Listen to the beat of the drum."
Faye Bradbury 2012

I make individual hand medicine/shamanic drums and rattles mainly to order.  


"Wow, Faye, it has just arrived. I got myself ready and have unwrapped it. I’m blown away. It is utterly beautiful, does feel extremely powerful, and known to me. All the power, magic, love you have put into it…the dancing peskie, the medicine pouch, drum stick…all of it. I am preparing for its first real sounding now, with the incense you sent.  I cannot thank you enough."  JL May 2016

I work in a sacred way with the birthing of my drums, rattles and making of the drum rhythm sticks, honouring the spirits of both the animal and the tree throughout the birthing process.  My hides are smudged, prayed over and then soaked in water and herbs, and sometimes lavender and rose oil depending on what you need.  Throughout the whole process, I work with your own unique energy and medicine, bringing it into your drum, as well as imbibing it with love and healing energies through my own links to both the animal and spiritual realms.  Throughout the process, there will be deep healing on a soul level happening for you through me, your drum and through the process itself. These drums will carry strong elements of each individual's energy and medicine as I work specifically with that, as I do with the  spirit of the wood and the animal.  This will be your own, very sacred and unique drum.  It is made for you and you alone and is untouched by all but the maker and finally you.  

"Lovely to see you today Faye. Thank you so much for my beautiful drum,stick and bag. The drum sounds and feels wonderful (and magical)...the fact that I know it was crafted exclusively for me makes it even more so...and the bag is just great. I am so pleased." Cara L. Oct 2014

  • Drums are made using red deer/elk cross or very occasionally, pony hide at  13", 15" or 18". Hoops are made from the wood available at the time. This will be stated when an order is placed if you ask.   Hides and wood used for the hoops and beaters are ethically and responsibly sourced

  • I currently have some 15" cedar hoops available as well as ash and a beautiful oak hoop

  • Drums are mostly made to order with half the price of the drum paid in advance (at my discretion)

  • Prices start at £150 for a 15" basic, rawhide laced drum

  • Please contact me for an obligation free chat about your requirements or to place an order.  

  • Posts abroad.  Postage & packaging of a 15" drum and beater to the USA  is $70. 













Yep.  I also hand paint drums as commissions.  This is an 18" red deer/elk fake sinew strung drum that I made and then the painting which took a very long time!  




This beautiful 18" drum found an equally beautiful guardian.  A drum made in the Spring Equinox week, carrying energies of new beginnings, renewal, freshness. 


Made with the hide of a red deer crossed with elk, quite unusual.


Has my signature intricate dream weavers in the middle rings, thereby catching anything unpleasant as it is released and neutralising it. 


Has a Spirit bell on it too.  The bell is from Indonesia.  


Orange ribbons connect it strongly to the emotional centre of the sacral chakra.


The drum rhythm sticks is old briar-rose wood.





Rattles

I take commissions for rattles too. 
For medicine/healing/shamanic work: Luna rattles are light and soothing and awakening whilst solar rattles are heavier and used to clear energies and break up stagnant or stuck energy.  There are corresponding types of wood that are used for the luna and solar rattles.  The handle plays an important part.. I tend to use mainly wood but sometimes I am drawn to use antler.

Rattles can also be used to dance and sing with, so as percussion.