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Project by MsDebbieP posted 03-05-2012 12:14 PM 6177 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

March 3, 2012

Saturday, I had the honour of being invited to a drum-making workshop with an Ojibwe Elder.

The drum frame is made of yellow cedar.
The hide is deer.

You can read my blog about the experience here at GardenTenders.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 12:17 PM


I read your blog on LJ, then visited your Garden Tenders site for more detail. Your drum is a great project. Thanks for sharing it with both sites.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 12:32 PM

I was lucky that it contained some “woodworking” in it so I could post it here :D

Thanks :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 12:57 PM

I am so jealous, not onlly did you do a great job, you got to work with native craftsman.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 01:03 PM

thanks. And yes, it was an honour.
The best parts of the day were listening to him speak about important issues such as working together, being grateful, honouring all things.. and then listening to the singing at the end.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 01:24 PM

Nice Drum. You will remember that day for long time.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 01:35 PM

Being invited to things like this is few and far between for many. Sharing the experience does them honor as well.

Thank you for sharing, and great job on the drum.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 01:42 PM

Beautiful Drum, my grandaughter would like to have attended this she enjoys native American history.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 01:56 PM

What a great learning experience and what a great story you have to pass on to others. We would all be better off if we heeded LJ Matthew’s philosophy.

Great job and thanks for the story.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 02:14 PM

thanks everyone. It is nice to see the power of the day ripple outwards :)

Yes, jaykaypur – LJ Matthew is a wise young man.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 02:30 PM

What a great project. How fun to be invited as well. Bet it sounds great! very nice post!

Hope all is well and Thx for all you do, along with the others on this GREAT WEB SITE!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 03:21 PM

what a wonderful experiance, i love the drum…do you want to make more or other types…..really great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 03:42 PM

oh yes.. now I’d love to make another one..
and I really wish that I still had a piece of my Grand Ol’ Lady Maple tree…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 04:12 PM

Well done I’m glad you enjoyed the class.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 07:20 PM

a very awesome project Deb. very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 03-05-2012 09:13 PM

glad to see you have fun outside the shop too :-)


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