Part of my affinity for the drum has translated into
my determination to use every part of the animal and to waste nothing of
its sacrifice. Rattles are one of my favorite ways to use the
scraps left over from drum making. From the simple to the
elaborate, each of my rattles is made using my own patterns & designs. Each one
of these rattles are different -- even when I use the same type of hide
and the same pattern, the resulting rattle has its own personality.
All rattles shown are fully functional and sound
tested. I have discovered that the thinner rattles are louder and
have more resonance, but that thicker rattles are definitely more
durable (Deer and Horse would be thinner, Elk or Buffalo would be
thicker. There are variations within these categories, of course). Most
rattles are filled with corn, but I use other things like kidney beans,
rice, semi-precious stones, herbs, bells and whatever the rattle seems
to want. Any paint is sealed for durability.
gather the handles in some of our favorite places, then sand them to feel
beautiful in your hand. The rattles are made from horse, deer,
elk & sometimes buffalo or reindeer. Sometimes the rattle wants suede
decorations, fur, beads, paint or other ornamentation.
If you wish to select an individual rattle that has
already been made, please check
my Etsy Store
for current stock.
I love to create new designs -- if you would like a particular spirit
animal or other personal rattle, please let me know.