Bear, Buffalo, Elk, Horse and Moose Drums and Rattles

Steven Kauder

My Policies

Custom Made Drums
Nearly all my drum sales are custom orders. I maintain a large inventory of hides and drum frames so that I can make the drum a client wants. As I make a drum, I have a ceremony for that drum and that client, and I write the client's name inside the drum. Drums typically take one to two months to complete.

Rawhide Rattles
I offer rattles in conjunction with drum orders, so nearly every rattle is custom made. Rattles take many days to create because of the intermediate shaping and drying steps during their creation. (The rattle-making process is actually more complex than that for making a drum.)

Power Animals
I utilize Bear, Buffalo, Elk, Horse, and Moose in my work. I work hard to get the best possible hides, but the hides I obtain are always the byproduct of something else. Whenever possible, my hides are tannery rejects, and I give them a spiritual purpose.
Tannery Reject Hides given a Spiritual Purpose

Special Items/Special Orders
I want my clients to be happy and will work to ensure that clients are happy. If there is some type of drum or rattle that you want but that is not on my web pages, please ask. I'm always willing to work with you.

I guarantee my creations for one year. If your drum or rattle or drum mallet fails during that period, please contact me for repair, replacement, or refund. Neglect, such as leaving your drum inside a car on a summer day, invalidates this guarantee.

Shipping/Shipping Costs
I ship via the U.S. Postal Service and pack drums and rattles very securely. My shipping fees are intended to cover my actual costs. Shipping and handling charges for the continental United States are included with each item. Shipping internationally will cost more.

Please contact me for the correct shipping and handling charges outside the continental United States.

Rush Orders
I am rarely able to accomodate rush orders, because making a drum or rattle or a kit is a processs that includes ceremony, intention, and time. If I can meet your urgent/last-minute need without disruption to other orders, please expect to pay two-to-three times my standard charge. That extra charge compensates me for the disruption to my time, schedule, and plans.

Payment must accompany the order and is most easily done with PayPal (at It is safest for you, and I pay all the fees. You need not have a PayPal account; all you need is a credit card, and you give PayPal the same information you give any online merchant. Let me know what you want, and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Your privacy is protected by me. I do not share client names with anyone. I don't pester clients with offers to buy. I don't have a newsletter, so don't expect any regular mailings from me. If you express interest in something new (e.g., my egg-shaped drums), I might actually send you an email when I create that new product. I use PayPal (see "Payment" above), so I never see or have access to your credit card numbers or bank accounts.

All the items I offer are legally obtained in North America and legally purchased in the state of Kansas where I live. I will not knowingly ship anything that is prohibited in a client's home state or country. If you are not sure, please ask before ordering.

It is the client's responsibility to ensure that the order is legal and proper in the client's state or country. Customs duties, if any, are the client's responsibility.

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