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The drums have arrived and they're
perfect -- rich, deep tones in each, I'm so grateful
for your thoughtful selection. Thanks so much for
being the source of such wondrous instruments of
April 19, 2012
Michelle and Patrick:
This is a follow-up just to say thank you for your
wonderful drum kits which I ordered for my Make Your
Own Ceremonial drum workshop.
I was really pleased with the quality and
presentation of your materials and will order again
next year when I decide to have another workshop.
All participants seemed very pleased as well.
Meantime I thought you might enjoy some pictures of
some still drying virgin drums. I’m on the left in
Many thanks, Zan
April 10, 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of the
day I was gifted my Cedar Mountain Drum from a beautiful
healer friend. I have SO loved playing my drum! It joins
in song with 2 other Cedar Mountain
Drums (along with others) in our women's drumming
circle, it has been played in meditations, and I use it
to end healing sessions with clients. I never would have
thought that a drum could transform my
life, as well as those around me, but it has. I feel
it's song on such a deep soul level and every song is
unique and prayerful. Thank you for the love you placed
in my drum!!
In His light,
March 23, 2012
heart is filled with much gratitude and blessing for
the crossing of our paths at this time in the
journey. These past few weeks have been challenging
as I seek discernment not only with regards to the
drum but in my life at this time. During our
conversations I mentioned that I had to lose myself
in order to discover myself, giving up everything–
my roles – my beliefs – my understandings in order
to follow my heart and myself. I have struggled
much since giving up those things that once gave
meaning to life but I could no longer continue to
believe that which my heart told me was not true.
The drum, I believe will help greatly in my
searching and in the stillness to understand what my
heart is telling me and to discover the path that I
am to continue on. Thank you for being part of
this time and part of the drum that will carry me
forward in life.
February 14, 2012
|My very dear Patrick,
To say I am grateful and overjoyed
with my drum and rattle does not begin to cover it.
First, the rattle as it was the
first thing I saw. I was thinking you'd be sending
plain skin or gourd rattle with some
kind of bear insignia. When I saw this amazing Bear Rattle, I wept. Her voice is
powerful like Bear, her red handle is very beautiful
and comfortable. The fur completely
astonished me. While I have worked with Bear for a very long time, I have never
been gifted any bear fur. It is humbling. I need to
order (AND PAY FOR!) a rattle
cover for this amazing gift.
The drum is unlike any I have ever
used, and sings with the most astonishing voice I have ever heard. A low and
powerful and entirely melodious resonance that I can
feel as well as
hear, a sonic driving unlike any I have ever heard
even after only a minute of playing --
I was his (or hers? Have to journey to both to
discover their names and how I can honor them)
from the first beat. The dark hide was unexpected
and perfect. I bless the horse who lived and whose
skin I now use. I devoutly pray s/he had a good life and death.
The only thing missing was enough
business cards! I intend to get a card holder for my studio and display your
cards as well as distributing them at my classes. You have a client for life.
If you ever come to Seattle,
please come and visit. And I will certainly come see you the next time I am in
With huge gratitude,
December 3, 2011
I made my first order from you in 2008, when we did a
drum making for 18 youth in Skidegate. We were so happy
with the kits that we had Hesquiaht Place of Learning
order 20 from you, which we were invited to help the
kids assemble. Those hides were very nice.
Thanks very much for all the drum kits you've sent! We
really appreciate their quality and beauty!
July 23, 2011
Administrator, Hesquiaht Language Program
Hot Springs Cove
P.O. Box 352
Hi Patrick, hope you are doing well today. My flute I
ordered came Tuesday evening and I am really enjoying it. I
brought it to work yesterday and played for one of my
patients and have it with me again today and I have a
patient I know will enjoy it and have lots of questions
about it. She will be 102 yrs in July. Thanks again for
May 19, 2011
Patrick and Michelle there are great people selling only
quality flutes, have done business with them for years,
can't go wrong buying a flute or drum here, their
customer service is outstanding as well, Thank you guys,
May 12, 2011
Hey Patrick -
This is the second time I've ordered drums from you and
I can tell you I'll be ordering many more. Folks in
Michigan LOVE them and the fact that your company
considers drums to be sacred and not just a business...
My friend feels very strongly in the wood descriptions
you give on your website and really would like a Maple
Many thanks - and here's is a
photo of the first group of friends that made drums
(I ordered 6 before but the 2 moose drum kits will be
made with the girls I just ordered drums for today. Love
my horse drum and love your company!
May 03, 2011
Dear Patrick....Found your website from the
inscription in my new Cedar Mountain Drum, which I
just received Sunday night. I want to Thank you...
I am so blessed and grateful to have received one of
those "Drums of Love"...Thank you for the time and
love you put into creating it, like no other. It is
an inspiring piece of art. I am overflowing with
gratitude as a beautiful sister of mine gifted
me the 15" Horse/Cedar. It Is SO Beautiful and the
low A(G#) sound takes me on a journey and puts me in
a relaxing prayerful trance. I cannot stop drumming.
I had no idea what I have been missing in my
meditation. I am drumming every chance I get, and I
want you to know the drum will always be being
honored and respected. I am planning to get a bag
for it to transport it to drumming circles. Many of
my spiritual sisters ,here in the midwest, also have
drums and we plan to drum together often.
You have truly found your purpose
in life and that is such a blessing from God...Your
vision, purpose and mission has resonated with
me...I hope to journey to your Bear Creek Heartspace
someday...It sound awesome and looks like heaven on
earth.....Again, Thank You, Patrick.... Blessings to
you, In Spirit, Your sister
April 13, 2011
I just wanted to let you know what a
wonderful place you have. I came in on
my birthday with my husband to chose my
drum as a gift from my husband.
Immediately, I was amazed by what a
wonderful shop you have. Looking in from
the outside, one would never guess all
that is to be found within. I was
made to feel so very welcome and given
the chance to choose the drum that spoke
to me without feeling pressure or being
As I picked up each drum and played
it, I felt as if this is where I
belonged and felt the peace of spirit
with me. I chose a wonderful deer skin
drum and fur covered beater, or should I
say the drum chose me?
I have not been
able to stop raving to friends about
what a wonderful place you have and am
already planning my next trip to your
Thank you for offering
such a beautiful experience and such
April 2, 2011
I wanted to write back and let you
know that our drum-making workshop was a
wonderful experience and everyone who
participated was deeply touched by the
beauty of the skins (buffalo, elk and
moose) and the frame drums we ordered
from you. We had 15 participants and
still have some moose and elk left for
another time. I think everyone felt
really blessed. We began our workshop
by calling in the directions and asking
each person to form an intention for the
making of their drums. Then we blessed
and thanked the animals and the trees
for their giveaway (my husband and I had
already smudged them before we used
them). At the end of the workshop, we
asked the participants to stand in a
circle holding their drums and we
smudged each drum and asked them to
speak about what they were dedicating
their drum to or for. It was very
Before our participants chose their
skins, I read the words about
each animal from your website to help
them connect with the skins and learn
which animal was calling to them with
his or her medicine. Several people
asked me if I could send a copy of the
words around to them, but I didn't want
to do that without asking your
permission first. I would like to do
that, giving you credit for the words,
of course. Would that be okay with you?
One woman asked about the source of
the skins. I told her that I knew you
were from the Portland, OR area, but
that I wasn't sure where the skins came
from. Would you be willing to share
with me where the skins come from so
that I might share that information with
I know that we will place another
order in the future. Thank you for
helping us to make this a rich and
powerful experience for the men and
women who were there.
Blessings to you,
March 29, 2011
|HI, I AM SORRY THAT WHEN I WAS IN
YOUR STORE YOU WERE ILL AND I WAS UNABLE TO MEET YOU IN
PERSON. MY NAME IS DODIE AND I AM IN THE NEW MOON CIRCLE
I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT
WHEN I CAME INTO THE STORE I WAS GREETED BY A REALLY
NICE LADY SORRY I DON'T REMEMBER HER NAME AND SHE ASKED
ME " SO I HEAR YOUR LOOKING TO GET A DRUM DO YOU HAVE
ANY IDEAS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF DRUM?" I STATED "I AM WIDE
OPEN". SHE SAID THAT SHE LIKED THAT AND TOOK ME TO THE
RACK OF DRUMS, TOLD ME TO HOLD THEM AND GO THROUGH THEM
BEAT ON THEM AND THE DRUM WOULD PICK ME. THE FIRST DRUM
THAT I PICKED UP WAS A "HORSE" DRUM. I LOOKED AT IT AND
SET IT BACK IN THE RACK OF DRUMS.
I LOOKED AT OTHER DRUMS AND THE
FIRST DRUM THAT I PICKED UP WAS THE DRUM THAT I LEFT
YOUR STORE WITH. I WAS HOLDING IT CLOSE TO ME AND SHE
SAID "I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE HUG THEIR DRUMS IT WILL KEEP
THE DRUM HAPPY" I REALLY DID NOT REALIZE THAT I WAS
CLUTCHING THE DRUM TO MY CHEST.
ANYWAY I WENT TO A NEW MOON CIRCLE
MEETING AND NOW I HAVE HAD MY DRUM ABOUT 2 WEEKS. I WAS
LOOKING INSIDE MY DRUM AND THE DATE WAS NOVEMBER 15,
2010. ...... I WAS NOT SHOCKED BUT REALLY EXCITED AND
FELT THAT I NEEDED TO TELL YOU AS I AM NOT SURE WHO
BUILT MY DRUM OR ANY PART OF HOW IT WAS MADE OR WHO'S
HAND'S TOUCHED IT, BUT ON THAT DAY IN NOVEMBER TWO DAYS
BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY I MIGHT ADD, I WAS REALLY ASKING AND
SEEKING WHAT WAS GOING ON IN MY LIFE.. I WANTED TO BE
BALANCED AND FOCUS... ON THAT VERY DAY
SOMEONE SIGNED THAT DRUM AND DATED IT FOR ME.. ALL FOR
ME.. I SHARE THAT WITH YOU AS I HAVE NEVER DRUMMED
BEFORE THIS YEAR 2011 EVER.
I REALLY ENJOY IT SO MUCH AND I
WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR WORK AND CRAFT IS SO
HEALING AND REALLY HAS BROUGHT WHAT I ASKED FOR THE DAY
THE DRUM WAS SIGNED...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO
AND PLEASE LET YOUR STAFF KNOW "THEY ARE THE BEST".
March 9, 2011
Dear Patrick, Akasha (your
amazing drum) arrived on Tuesday. I am sorry I
haven't written sooner - we had a pretty good
blizzard here Tues and Wed. Akasha is beautiful!
I am looking forward to spending many hours with
her. My husky Denali is very interested in her
but for different reasons! When I "introduced "
them, Denali sniffed her and then gave her a
lick! I think he thinks she is a great big raw
hide goodie. Needless to say, We got her hung up
and out of reach of Denali. He now sits on the
bed and looks at her with a big grin on his face
- naughty puppy! Thank you so very much! I will
keep her safe and happily invest much time,
effort and love in her.
Blessings and sunshine
February 4, 2011
I've been teaching qigong at
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, the women's
prison in Wilsonville, for 3+ years now. I used to
come to the drumming circles at Cedar Mountain a
couple of years ago and have a drumming circle here
in Sherwood periodically. Over the past couple of
years, I've been blending the qigong (Chinese
self-healing energy practice) with talking circles,
drum meditations, drum healing circles (on request),
and some shamanic practices. The healing that has
happened with the ladies in my classes has been
phenomenal and is what keeps me motivated to
continue my service there.
One of my "lifers" in Medium
security has been attending class most of two years.
She has no one on the outside that can send her
anything as her family has disowned her for various
unfortunate reasons. She has experienced the deep
healing of the native style drumming and talking
circles. She told me she very much wanted a
medicine bag and did I know of anyone she could
contact to send her one. I have made several, but I
cannot provide her one. It's against the rules we
card-carrying volunteers must obey. I told her about
Cedar Mountain Drums and she has requested that I
bring all your contact information to class tomorrow
so she can put it through channels. I am providing
her that info tomorrow morning. While looking
up your info on the web, I found your article on
Creating Sacred Space in Prisons. When she does
contact you, it would be wonderful if you could
provide her with a reasonably priced medicine bag.
Also, I'd like to share your article with the two
prison chaplains at Coffee Creek.
Spirit has blessed me beyond
description by allowing me to be with these women
for the last three years. Other than the ladies who
come in every so often to do the sweat lodges, I'm
the only one I know of who brings drums, rattles and
healing stones every week into Coffee Creek. Every
Friday I teach qigong and we drum in Minimum
Security. On the second and fourth Sundays, I go to
Medium and do the same. They have been blessed with
healing, visits from totem animals, and new found
hope for those whose sentences will end one day. For
those who will be there for life, they've learned a
skill that can help them keep endure the rigors and
mediocre medicare care they must endure. Several of
them are still in touch now that they're out.
Thank you for taking the time
to read this. Please give my qi-hugs to Michelle and
let her know that I got in touch with Ron about
curing the beaver skin.
In health & spirit,
January 22, 2011
Patrick and Michelle,
Thank you so very much for the amazing drum. I'm still
marveling at it but wanted you to know how much I
appreciate your work. There is both an awesome power
and a sweet undercurrent of Love in its tone. It will
take much time to understand the lessons it has in it,
but I can tell already that gratitude is an appropriate
Thank you for what you do, for making thoughtful tools,
for supporting this path we walk.
Blissings and Joy to you and yours!
December 20, 2010
Hi Michelle and Patrick,
I received the drums yesterday, and they are wonderful!
The variety of colors, shapes and sounds all make for a
rich experience, thanks for your choices. Interesting
to note their "birth" dates, and for the most part, I
can see the significance in the dates except for July
20, 2010. Also note that 4 of 5 drums have Moon in
I used one of the deer ties to re-do a deer drum that I
have, and it seems to have gone quite well. Will know
tomorrow when I play it. So now I am planning to make
the Elk Drum from scratch, can hardly wait!
Thanks so much,
October 19, 2010
Helping the healing process for the lost spirits of the
October 14, 2010
Here's a pic of Cathy with her
horse drum up on Shasta...beautiful day to share and
Greetings, my name is He Talks With Big Heart and I am
the Spokesperson for the Warriors of Faith Native
Community here at the State Prison at Camp Hill, PA. On
behalf of the Native Community here I would like to say
thank you for the time spent by you and Cedar Mountain
Drums for making our drum. I must tell you that when
While Wolf, our Sacred Pipe Carrier, and myself unpacked
the drum I could feel its spirit right away and the
feeling was beyond amazing.
I would like you to know that this Sacred Drum is going
to be treated with the utmost respect and will be put to
great use in calling in the spirits to join us in our
Sacred Hoop. We are going to have a ceremony to awaken
our Drum very soon and I would like you to know that my
Brothers and I will be thinking of you and all at Cedar
I would like to congratulate you on your 35 years of
being sober and pray you have 35 more years clean. We
use the teachings from our Brothers and Sisters from
White Bison here at Camp Hill. This program has helped
me and others find hope, happiness, and sobriety on the
Red Road so we may live our lives here and when we go
home in balance with the Creator and our families. May
the Creator continue to bless and watch over you. Thank
you again Brother. A-HO
January 29, 2010
Thank you so
much for educating and leading us in the drum circle
yesterday- everyone was so inspired by your talk and
getting to interact with each other in a new and
creative way. We have been a team since September
and have done other team building / ice breaker
activities, but I could really feel any residual ice
melting away as we made music together.
Here is what
the team had to say:
circle was a good way to process all the pain we had
witnessed [in the documentaries we watched], very
healing and enlightening. I loved it!
“I have been
inspired to reach out to NAYA as part of my CAP and
to attend more drum circles for my own enjoyment.”
the cedar mountain man was amazing. just listening
to him talk made me feel like everything ever was
going to be okay. he was awesome.”
January 8, 2010
Last Night, I attended my first drumming circle, and it
was one for men only. Our host, Patrick, a Native
American healer, spiritual guide, and long-time drum
craftsman, opened sacred space and invited in the sacred
masculine by speaking from the heart. When the talking
stick came to me, I introduced myself and shared:
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here tonight.
Patrick, thank you for opening your space to us all and
for welcoming me into this circle of men. My family and
I have just moved here from afar, and we are starting a
new chapter in our lives. I have had a longing to be in
community for a long time, something I have not found
until we arrived here, and now that I see this gathering
of men, and find myself here among you, I realize I have
come home. So thank you for welcoming me. Aho!”
We drummed, rattled, shook, and chanted. We moved, we
danced, we barked, we howled. We sat, we communed, we
sensed, and…we were. As one gifted drummer and healer
has often said, “change your rhythm and you change your
life.” That’s from Toby Christensen. Indeed, drum away
the low vibration of fear, anger, and other heavy
energies, and we make space for higher vibrations of
love, peace, harmony.
I will return. I know the way back home.
November 5, 2009
I am a creative being who dabbles in many arts and
crafts as well as making medicine objects, so I
purchased a 10" drum kit in order to experience making
my own sacred medicine drum using materials from nature.
The kit found its way into my closet and stayed there
for a couple of months. Then, having been invited to
paint a sacred design on a drum that was being gifted to
a Mayan Spiritual Leader, I was inspired to finally make
my drum just in time for a Medicine for the Earth
shamanic retreat I attended, at which the drum was
initiated into its shamanic life. The drum turned out
beautifully, was simple to make, and has a wonderful
tone. I made it very tight out of concern for living on
the damp coast, hoping this would alleviate any problems
with expansion in my climate. So far, so good! I also
painted a design on the drum face and the rawhide took
the acrylic quite well and seems to be very secure and
stable. In my delight with the quality and "feel" of the
kit, and the experience of assembling and painting my
drum, I've ordered more hoops and a full deer hide so as
to make more. I spoke directly with Patrick when I
placed my order and he was very helpful on many levels,
but especially with tips of how to work with the rawhide
for larger drums that will live on the damp coast, so as
to keep the drum faces taught (Patrick informed me that
the smaller drums stay taught better). I'm so pleased to
have found Cedar Mountain Drums. Thanks for your
offerings, and many blessings to you all.
April 21, 2009
I want you to know I was so happy when my
drum arrived. I took it out of the box and held it
close to my heart and I knew I had made the right
choice. The painting on it is absolutely gorgeous. I
have welcomed my drum and am now using it for
January 10, 2009
I cannot adequately express my thanks to you for opening
your home, store, and heart to my students. Your
leadership, wisdom, and secure, grounding presence was
EXACTLY what they needed, and made a perfect
counterpoint to the (rather stuffy) presentation at the
Portland Art Museum.
October 23, 2008
The SW Sun and Phoenix drum arrived this
weekend. S/he is lovely! I have smudged with white
sage, cedar and juniper... The drum came in just in time
for a workshop on Bear Spirit I hope to attend in April.
Hir voice is so resonate. I am looking forward to a long
journey with a new ally in healing.
Thank you so much!
February 4, 2008
I received my buffalo drum last week in good shape.
Just wanted to let you know it is a beautiful hide and
has a deep resonant sound. I am very pleased with the
drum and plan to use it in my healing sessions where
it's sacredness will be honored. Much Healing on the
path of life,
November 25, 2005
Here is my drum story. You may use my whole name. I have
nothing to hide. It’s the name given to me by Spirit in
a quest, and made legal the same year. It is my own name
and I will keep it for the rest of this life. Vena.
The Power of My Cedar Mountain Drum
The large drum I bought last year is a spiritual power.
Spirit directed me to buy the drum, the size, the Eagle
painted on top. It was to be used for healing, despite
the fact it’s a pow wow size drum. Spirit was very
definite about my getting the drum from Cedar Mountain
Drums and nowhere else because of the high vibration of
drums, drumsticks and everything I’ve bought from Cedar
Turns out the drum heals body, mind and spirit. I never
ask for any specific healing. Everything I do is in the
context of “God’s will be done.” I don’t want to put my
two cents worth in and get in God’s way.
March 20, 2005
Read the rest of Vena's
story of using her drum for healing work in our articles
I wanted to let you know I made my drum on July 2, 2004.
It was a truly magical, Divine experience.
I put the Elk hide and lacing in a kiddie pool to soak
on July 1. The pool was outside under a tree. That
night, the moon moved into fullness – it rose around 9
PM, shrouded in a peach/pink glow. I was happy the drum
would be receiving the full moon’s energy. Later that
night, a tremendous thunder and lightning storm moved
through from the north. I woke up to the thunder at 2:30
AM. My heart stopped when I realized the drum was also
receiving the enormous energy of the Weather Beings. I
was very grateful.
The next morning I began making the drum. I set up
outside next to a lake, under pine trees. I honored the
four directions, earth and sky. I built a fire and
consecrated it using the offerings of the Huchol
tradition – tobacco, copal, chocolate and wood. Half way
through making the drum a thunderstorm popped up out of
the blue. It moved across the lake, and a downpour
ensued. Again, I was amazed and grateful that the
Weather Beings came to bless the drum.
Thank you for talking me through the drum-making process
– it gave me the confidence to actually do it. The drum
came out great, with a beautiful range of tones
depending on the humidity. My wish is that every time
the drum is struck, that the energy and blessings of the
Elk, the Cedar, the full moon and the thunder and
lightning are sent back out into the world.
Thank you, Patrick, for the work you do in providing
drums, drum kits and other sacred objects. May the
circle of blessings continue.
Love and blessings to you and yours,
I cannot find the right words in the English language to
express my gratitude. Just seeing that the box had
arrived was exciting and when I opened the box and took
out each object, I was so filled with joy I felt like my
heart would explode. Everything was wonderful. The
turtle rattle so honors my power animal. The Drum ... it
is still overwhelming to try to describe it...the tones
are magnificent and exactly what I wanted...and I am in
awe of the workmanship. Thank you for inscribing it.
Blessings and light to you and your family,
I'll tell you something metaphorical about the Drum:
When a man wants to go in a journey, he will choose a
fine and strong horse. I think mine is very fine and
strong, besides beautiful. I'm very, very, happy and
satisfied with all the things that came from you.
Besides the Drum, the flute, the pipe and the feathers,
are come along with me in all my journeys. I'm using it
with honor and respect, like the sacred things must do.
My purest prays are made with the pipe and the wind is
respected with the song of the flute. The feathers
remember me that our first father is alive and stronger
Thank you very much for your care and for the path
chosen by you, that made and still make many people feel
Peace and harmony.
I am writing to you to let you know that Derek's order
arrived safely at the shop on Friday afternoon. We are
both very impressed with both the speedy delivery and
the quality of the items we ordered. Thank you. The
hoops are wonderful and we are looking forward to making
the drums. It is also wonderful to have long lengths of
thong ready cut. I am sure we will be ordering from you
again at some point in the future and will have no
hesitation in recommending your company. Thanking you
from Elizabeth and Derek
Meanwhile my drum is made. Together with the detailed
information provided it was a good experience to make my
own drum. The quality of the material is good and looks
very well. One can feel the spirit of the material. The
rattle is right now a work in progress, but also here
the rattle kit is a good tool to make one on your own. I
would recommend "Cedar Mountain Drums" when I would be
asked for drums.
Best regards from Switzerland,
August 10, 2002
Thank you so much for your continuing excellence of
products & dependability!
I've enjoyed using your kits to teach
drumming @ our American Indian Museum (the IAIS) in
Washington, CT (for years now!), & @ Happy Rainbows Tea
& Apothecary Shop in Sherman, CT. I plan to give a
workshop in Mystic & the Herbary in early October ~ to
include your fine products. Keep up the great work!
E. Barrie Kavasch, Reiki Master,
Shamanic Counselor & Master Herbalist
324 Main Street South
Bridgewater, CT 06752
Thank you for giving the drum such attention. It means a
great deal to me, hard to put into words at times. I use
the drum at drummings but also to go to a sacred place
(now invaded by tourists) and with a very small group we
drum with prayers to the ancient ones that lived here
and to Creator. There has been a sad history here and we
try to keep the flame alive. So that is why I made a
fuss about the drum, it will be calling out in healing
to wounds that have never healed.
I did end up stopping at your store Sunday to pick up a
kit for a drum with Horse. I am glad I did because I got
to see your beautiful space and hear about the things
you are doing in/for the community. Wow! If I was in
Portland, you would see me around for sure. I am finally
coming to terms with the fact that I practice both Wicca
and Shamanic Journey work -- trying to find all the
bridges in between, watching the gaps dissolve...
I just wanted to tell you how much I love and enjoy my
drum! I thank the Spirits each day for leading me to
your website and to Tina's horse drum. I also can't
thank Michelle enough for all of her guidance in making
me comfortable as a new drum owner. I'm still a little
on the scared side of doing something wrong, but I know
the drum and I will be okay together.
for creating such a wonderful drum!
I received a gift of one of your drums a couple years
ago and I wanted to let you know what an incredible
instrument it is. After many hours of drumming it has
become a part of my music to a degree that I never would
have anticipated. The warmth of the sound has influenced
and inspired many of the recordings that I am releasing
in the next year.
It's my pleasure to acknowledge your generous
contribution and participation with Portland Community
College's Second Annual Native American Winter Pow-wow
at the Sylvania Campus. We truly appreciate your
commitment to the growth of this important program.
Heightened cultural understanding strengthens our entire
community. PCC's programs expose students from all
backgrounds to learning experiences which increase
awareness of and appreciation for Native American
history, culture and educational opportunities which go
far beyond those found in traditional college curricula.
On behalf of all those who benefit from your generosity,
thank you for partnering with PCC and giving such
valuable contributions to this event.
Alice Jacobson, Executive Dean
Sylvania Campus, Oregon
I am writing you this letter on behalf of the Native
American Circle here at Columbia River Correctional
Institution. We all want to express our deepest and most
sincere gratitude for the Sage that you donated to our
I am part of a treatment program for Drugs & Alcohol
that is called "Turning Point" but we also share our
Medicines with the General Population here at CRCI, so
this letter comes from all of us! Not only do we thank
you, and the Cedar Mountain Drums -- we keep you in our
Prayers that are offered up with the Medicine you have
so freely shared with us!
It really means a lot to all of us, and I had a card
drawn up for you & Cedar Mountain Drums, so we hope that
you like it (It is signed by all who are part of
"Turning Point" and our Circle in the D & A program).
May the Grandfather bless and watch over you and yours!
Once again, I thank you personally, and so does everyone
in our Circle -- We hope that this letter reaches you in
the Best of Health & in the Highest of Spirits!
Much Respect, Joe, Oregon
Thanks! for being so friendly & kind when I ordered my
Thank you very much for speaking at our church. I'm sure
everyone learned a great deal. I know that I did.
It was interesting to hear your story and how much your
spirituality has helped you. It was generous of you to
share with us.
The drumming and the flute were a special ending.
The drum I ordered arrived yesterday -- Thank You! It is
even better than I had hoped. The person that is going
to receive it for Christmas will be very pleased.
Because she will be its steward, I can't try it until
she has had a chance to smudge it and make her own
offering to the spirits. Thank you for the obvious care
and respect you give the drums.
Thank you for the wonderful way you repaired my mother
drum with such respect and loving care. I look forward
to her arrival and pray her heartbeat will draw many to
sit around her for healing -- personal and for Mother
Earth. I also look forward to doing business with you in
the future. With a grateful heart,
October , 2000
later letter (November, 2000), Flo writes:
Thank you for the great job you did in repairing my
mother drum. I tried her out and she sounds awesome.
I'm the guy that came in yesterday and bought the Quenna
and the Benton flute. I just thought I'd take the time
to thank you for having such a wonderful store. My
collection is about 50 flutes strong now and these last
two fit quite nicely. The Benton flute is proving to be
quite the challenge because of the pinkie hole and the
Quenna plays better than the one I bought with the bone
I'll be in again soon to pick up that big Bass Flute and
an Apache Spirit flute. One of those has been on my list
for a while now. I just want to thank you again, it
certainly looks like your shop is exactly what I needed
when I needed it.
When I first entered your Cedar Mountain Drums web site,
I was moved by the competition statements on the opening
page. Very true my friend very true. I'm a rock drummer
in Illinois. Drummers around here just want to be the
best! ... I've come from a music oriented family and
feel that I am just a Natural, ... but I was in a music
store last week and noticed a girl that could not have
been older than 10 years old. She for some reason made
such an impression on me tapping on a snare...I just
know someday she will be so much better than I have ever
been. This world keeps turning!
On my 42nd birthday, after sacred ritual, my drum came
to me. The skin had been soaking for 2 days in sacred
water. When I picked up the skin, there was a part of me
that was revulsed... it was exactly like skin from a
cadaver. It pulled much from me to handle this skin.
After a few moments, the realization set in that this
was a REAL animal, a REAL spirit, a REAL person who was
now becoming part of MY creation, my life. After
laboring for several hours, I birthed by drum. I gave it
great respect and deep love, and in return it loved me
back, guided me, sang to me, helped me pray in sadness,
in gratitude, from my heart and soul. It was my partner
during my earth dance and my vision quest and in each
minute of every day. It is my MOST precious possession.
I think my drum is dying. . .The songs are still
beautiful, but it sounds like the voice of an elder. It
is weary. I am struggling with the decision of retiring
the drum or stretching it one more time. It seems almost
cruel to ask more from this cherished partner on my
really blessed last night at the drumming circle. I feel
transformed into a beautiful spirit when I come to your
place... I did not believe that I would ever need to
just sit or lay on the floor and let the musical magic
and beat touch my soul as it did. I thought I would
always be playing a drum, listening to my own rhythm.
But, as I found out, I can actually experience the magic
there laying down and really getting in touch with my
soul in a different way, which was very beautiful.
Many Magical Moments to You,
Thanks so much to you and your staff for prompt and
courteous service. I look forward to doing business with
you again soon. Our drums are beautiful -- It took us 2
1/2 hours to do drums & beaters both.
The Drum which I ordered from your store has arrived. I
have to tell you that I was very hesitant to place an
order for something as personal and important as a drum
without the benefit of seeing and holding it. However, I
have been a part of a Drum Circle here in Lynchburg for
the past several months and NEEDED one of my own.
The Drum is perfect. It has the Heartbeat of Mother
Earth and fills me with its Spirit. Wednesday is the
first drum circle since it arrived and I am eager to use
I will not hesitate to recommend you to others. Thank
November 15, 1999
I am so happy to have met you at Baltimore's Whole Life
Expo. Thank you for touching my life! I had great fun
listening to you play and talking with you. We flute
folks are very special, huh!
Thank you, thank you for bringing those flutes to the
show. Each flute I played had a message. But of course
that "B" Loomis has the special message of, "let's
partner up for awhile". I am enjoying her immensely, and
she is teaching me many new things.
Just a quick note to thank you for the ceremonial drum
that I recently purchased. I appreciate that you got it
out to me as quickly as you did. I received it about two
hours before the first session of my shamanic
workshop... I am glad we went with the elk skin. The
sound is great!
October 14, 1999
Thank you for making and selling me your beautiful
buffalo drum. I knew instantly when I saw it & heard it
that it was a medicine to move me in my North Direction.
When I brought it home and played it, the tone was
wonderful. It sings! I love it!
With much Aloha,
I really enjoy my drum; the workmanship is great. Really
a work of art!
a Wild person, he did decide to look for a drum, a
special drum to bring good nurturing vibes to his
story-telling evenings. After many vain attempts where
he wandered the dusty plains of Centralia, searching the
Ancient Song Lines for inspiration and guidance he did
happen upon a Internet Cafe and there did discover One
Patrick and One Michelle and Cedar Mountain Drums--OUT
THERE--where no man has ever trod and no woman did plod
and the sodden earth hath no footprint...
This very morning it being the twelfth day of the second
Month I did drive to the Quarantine sheds close to the
bay. Whereupon I did declare my identity and did offer
the Frontier Leather Company certificate "13 step
program" a la hide tanning process for their perusal.
The Quarantine vet was called. He did read and mumble,
and mumble and read and deliberate. And his mumble was a
gathering of many voices of the Animal Kingdom. And with
expressionless face he did say "She's right"-- which is
Ozzie for "I declare this drum worthy of importation."
Both myself and my Yellow Beetle did float 6 inches
above ground as we ventured back to Adelaide. Back in my
place of work I did open the box. For the first time I
did set my eye upon The Drum, The Elk Skin drum.
Then I did beat. Then I was transported and energised by
promised deep rumble, and strange to say people got up
from office desks and did dance and make gestures most
inappropriate for modern western culture. This drum I
thought IS a living being, does transport folk to the
edge and breathe fire into their impoverished soul
And so the saga ends. I thought you should know. And I
say thank you to Cedar Mountain Drums for your help
along the way.
That was quick, I received the elk drum yesterday and it
is beautiful and has a great voice. I am sure my friend
will enjoy it when he gets it!
I have been involved in a coed drumming circle which
meets every other week or so here in South Florida.
I recently made my own drum, but the week before
that, about halfway through a session of the circle,
I felt compelled to put down the borrowed drum I'd
been using and just listen to the other 20+
drummers. I was sitting facing south, if that is
important. I don't know a lot about the specifics;
just that I love drumming. Anyway within 3 or 4
minutes I could literally feel my own heartbeat --
beating in the center of my chest, and in exact
rhythm with the drumming group. It was an
exhilarating experience. The leader said later that
he knew of that phenomena, he may even have named it
(I forgot), but that it had yet to happen to him. I
am clueless as to the meaning of this. I just know I
want that experience again!
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