Make Your Own Drum (Ages 12+) June 22, 2024

Jun 22, 2024 11:00AM—4:00PM


Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine St. Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Cost $165.00

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handmade drums

Wayne Manthey is a nationally known drum maker and teacher of drum making. His approach is spiritual, honoring the animals who provided the hides and the trees who donated the wood. The healing properties of a drum are found in the elements that make it: wood and animal hide. Making a personal frame drum is a journey that is individually and spiritually meaningful. The drum symbolizes the heartbeat of life, the heartbeat of the community. It is not simply an art form, but a tool for cleansing, centering and focusing one’s intentions for health and happiness.

Students will choose a pre-constructed frame and deer hides. Focusing on your personal creative flow, Wayne will take you through the steps to create your individual drum.

*Note: If you would like to make a larger drum, select the “16-inch drum Add-on” when you check out.

drum making classYour Instructor will provide the following materials:

  • All materials needed to make the drum

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a small stone or token to add to the back handle piece of the drum (optional)
  • As your class runs over the lunch hour, we highly recommend you bring a lunch or click here to learn about local eating opportunities.

Age Requirement
Students ages 12 and older are welcome to attend this class. Ages 12-15 must participate with another registered adult. Ages 16-17 can register on their own with parent permission, which you can give with an email to

Skill Level
No experience required. 

Location Details
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Cost Details
Tuition: $75
Material Fee: $95 (or $115 to make a larger drum)
Total Cost: $170-$190

NOTE:  Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance a teacher’s need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.