I hand make all of my drums & rattles with respect and honour to the animal. I can also custom make you a drum & work with any specific ideas you might have. Or come and birth your own :)
The drums used in shamanism are usually hand drums which are reasonably light and can be held in one hand. They have wooden frames with animal skin stretched tightly over one or both sides of it depending on the style of drum. I use Ash frames in all my drums as the ash tree is the Norse Yggdrasil - the Tree of Life.
The back of the drum is often laced with sinew or hide to form a web of eight strips representing the Cardinal and Non Cardinal directions, the eight spokes of the medicine wheel, the eight legs of the mythical horse Sleipnir which carried the Norse Shaman Odin to Otherworld and the eight legs of the spider. The middle of the lacing is tied to form a handle and this takes the shape of a cross.
The skin can be left plain or decorated in order to reflect the personal medicine of the person it is working with. Anything that is added to a drum brings in the energy or medicine of that which it represents incorporating its energy into the drum.