About us

We are Nelis and Runi and our family. We are at home in the woods of Mecklenburg (NE Germany).
Here is also our workshop, where we are making our own drum frames, mostly from spruce wood, which is light and sturdy. We can make frames of different sizes and shapes.
We are using the hides of animals who hae lived freely here in Mecklenburg. They are either of roe deer, fallow deer, or red deer.
We do not skin the animals ourselves, but we do the cleaning of the skins (removing meat and hair) and the drying.
For making the drum itself, we cut the dried skin to size, soak it, and stretch it over the drum frame using dacron line for the "webbing" and cotton thread for the handlecross.
When the skin has dried again, the drum has come alive.
You can see a variety of our drums here
We would be happy to build a drum specially for you, or to guide you in building your drum yourself. We are offering drum building workshops several times a year, and individual arrangements are possible as well.

Drum Building

In this video we show how we make our drumframes and put a skin on it. It's recorded in our old workshop :-)

Our Drums

Here we present all the drums currently available. There are recordings of every drum, played by hand, and using a beater. Obviously each recording is an actual recording of the very drum it appears next to!! Then, of course, a drum's sound changes depending on things like humidity, mood, style of play. We can only offer a glimpse into the drum's possibilities.
Prices are excl shipping costs:
€7,50 within Germany, €15 within the EU and €30 to the rest of the world.
Have you found your drum in this list, email us (mail@nelisdrums.de), let us know which drum it is, and best your adress as well. Then everything will turn out fine! We don't have a click-click-buy system! :-)
Have you not found your drum in this list, but think that we should build it, or that you need to build it yourself, contact us (mail@nelisdrums.de), and we will find a way!

rt187
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 56cm, 948g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€266

rt263
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 774g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€195

rt334
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 836g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€195

rtr062
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 42cm, 554g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rt335
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 52cm, 990g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€222

rt338
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 29cm, 380g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€99

rt341
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 33cm, 474g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€122

rt342
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 33cm, 408g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€122

rt343
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 35cm, 504g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€133

rt344
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 33cm, 405g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€122

rt346
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 42cm, 638g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rt347
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 42cm, 820g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rtr063
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 47cm, 654g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€188

rt350
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 34cm, 594g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€133

rt351
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 48cm, 946g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€188

rt353
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 35cm, 618g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€133

rt354
Reh/Roe Deer, 29cm, 260g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€99

rt358
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 59cm, 1018g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€277

rtr066
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 346g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rtr067
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 34cm, 434g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€133

rtr068
Reh/Roe Deer, 34cm, 418g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€133

rtr070
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 56cm, 914g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€266

rtr071
Reh/Roe Deer, 23cm, 234g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€75

rt362
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 388g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rtr073
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 384g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€111

rt365
Reh/Roe Deer, 27cm, 336g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€88

rt366
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 55cm, 1332g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€266

rt371
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 348g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rtr076
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 42cm, 488g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rtr077
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 47cm, 692g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€188

rt378
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 39cm, 594g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rtr080
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 30cm, 368g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rt380
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 58cm, 1512g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€277

rt381
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 58cm, 1298g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€277

rt382
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 53cm, 1140g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€233

rt383
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 58cm, 1586g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€277

rt385
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 48cm, 952g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€199

rt386
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 46cm, 708g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€177

rt387
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 408g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rt389
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 376g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rt390
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 352g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

rt391
Reh/Roe Deer, 30cm, 340g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€101

Workshops

We are currently offering weekend workshops at our home (max 7 participants) in the woods. You will build your own drum from roe deer (max 42cm), fallow deer (max 52cm), or red deer hide (max 58cm), and get to know it in a guided journey.

The costs of €285 include all materials, (simple) accomodation, und exquisite food (ecological/wild). Vegetarian upon request. Vegan not possible.

For more information in English (or Dutch) contact us: mail@nelisdrums.de

Workshop Dates

  • 18/ 19/ 20 Oktober.
  • 22/ 23/ 24 November.

FAQ

There are some questions we have answered again and again, so now is the time to collect them here. We will add to this collection whenever we come across some interesting or amusing question. If you have a question that isn't answered here (or isn't answered well enough) do ask us! :-)


Does my drum come with a beater?

Yes, it does.
We're sending a beater along with each drum we make. (Unless you tell us specifically not to!)
Personally I prefer playing by hand, because you can have more dynamics and more emotion in your play when using your hands. Most beaters I've seen with shaman drums are large and unwieldy. Those that we make are simple and light, allowing for greater versatility in play.


Can my drum be tuned?

No, it can't.
Now there are opinions ranging from "drums without tuning possibility are worthless" to "Shamans in old times didn't have tunable drums either". The first opinion is insulting drums, and therefore me personally. The second opinion... oh well. The indians [North American natives] that everyone is so taken with didn't have horses or large cotton teepees before contact with Europeans. And what is the cliché image of an indian?! So what is "original", now?!
Basically, having no tuning options means that the drums will lose tension when you are outdoors in the evening and it gets colder and more humid. Then again, you will probably be having a bonfire when you are foing to play your drum outdoors at night. And that solves the problem.
Tuning options can be useful, but they also mean greater responsibility. I don't want to know how many drums died because their tension has been increased when the evening was humid, and then it has been forgotten to decrease tension before the next hot day.


My drum has completely lost tension. What can I do?


Contact us

We are best reached by email. Our email address is mail@nelisdrums.de

We do have a phone with the number +49 151 456 83 202. But it's usually offline, and/or lying at its designated place which is usually not where we are.

Our post address is:
Försterei 1
17237 Klein Vielen OT Brustorf.

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