I stayed at my friend Diane's new home just outside Meaford. What a beautiful place she has. Here are some photos around her garden. We sat on her deck overlooking the gardens and made our drums. Five women from different areas of Southern Ontario.
It was a great day overcast in the morning so it was not too hot. However the sun blazed down in the afternoon and it became quite uncomfortable.
We had a wonderful lunch of quite a variety of salads, lots of cool drinks and a rubarb dessert. In the morning we cut the lacing for the drums. We started by smudging all the parts with sage,and then began to string our drums. It must be done slowly and is hard work and needs strong hands. It is great for team work as we can help each other.
The hide had been soaked in cold water to make it soft and flexible. The frame must be centered on the face of the drum and then the lacing begins
This is a very brief overview of drum making. It is very spiritual, meditative and a time for fellowship, sharing and laughter. It was a wonderful day and we all went home relaxed and full of joy.
Next week I will be telling you all about the wonderful Summer Solstice Celebration our Drum Circle held.