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

Steven Kauder


Maker of
Shaman Drums
and Shaman Rattles
Artisan Making Shaman Drums and Shaman Rattles

I have retired after 20 pleasant years of drum making.
Click here to see drums from my personal collection.

Buffalo Powwow Drum

About Me...
I have always had a connection with the helping spirits, even as a young child in a very rational and conventional family. Many years ago, I had a good corporate job working with computers. More recently, I had a very nice life making drums and rattles and helping people.

I begin each day by drumming or meditating and giving thanks. I also do ceremonies in the medicine wheel constructed from the rocks of my land. I love the creative expression found doing spiritual work. The images on my painted drums and rattles come from my shamanic journeys.

I'm originally from urban California but now live in the rural Midwest -- quite a change and I'm happier for it. My wife and I live with our rescue cats ... plus deer, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, blue herons, cranes, turtles, squirrels, snakes, rabbits, skunks, and more.

Appaloosa Drum with the hair on

About My Work...
I made drums and rattles to honor those with whom I had worked and those who had helped me. I have been fortunate enough to have sales into 29 countries and 46 U.S. states.

I asked you for your intentions for your drum, and I made your drum with an awakening ceremony to enliven it for your spiritual work,

I worked with the hides and spirits of Bear, Buffalo, Elk, Horse, Moose, and Wolf. The hides I obtained were always the byproduct of something else, and I gave them a spiritual use they would not otherwise have.

Horse Drum with the hair on

About My Teachers...
The books of Carlos Castaneda (The Teachings of Don Juan, Journey to Ixtlan) spoke to me when I was in my twenties. They were my first source that balanced the ordinary world and the hidden, nonordinary reality. The books of Sandra Ingerman (Soul Retrieval, Welcome Home: Life after Healing) and workshops had a profound effect on me as they introduced me to other spiritual traditions.

I studied extensively with Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies and completed the FSS Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism, a series of life-changing experiences. I also studied with Betsy Bergstrom, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, Sarangerel, and many others.

Saami Drum re-creation

About My Medicine Wheel...
This medicine wheel contains 47 foundation stones and a large heart stone all brought here in the 1880s. The pattern of this particular wheel came to me in a dream 20 years ago, and I used these stones to construct this wheel. It is a place of ceremony and empowerment of drums, rattles, and prayers.

Medicine Wheel made with 47 foundation stones plus heart stone

Rawhide Rattles
Rawhide Drums
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