About us

We are Nelis and Runi and our family. We are at home in the woods of Mecklenburg (NE Germany).
Here is also our workshop, where we are making our own drum frames, mostly from spruce wood, which is light and sturdy. We can make frames of different sizes and shapes.
We are using the hides of animals who hae lived freely here in Mecklenburg. They are either of roe deer, fallow deer, or red deer.
We do not skin the animals ourselves, but we do the cleaning of the skins (removing meat and hair) and the drying.
For making the drum itself, we cut the dried skin to size, soak it, and stretch it over the drum frame using dacron line for the "webbing" and cotton thread for the handlecross.
When the skin has dried again, the drum has come alive.
You can see a variety of our drums here
We would be happy to build a drum specially for you, or to guide you in building your drum yourself. We are offering drum building workshops several times a year, and individual arrangements are possible as well.

Drum Building

In this video we show how we make our drumframes and put a skin on it. It's recorded in our old workshop :-)

Trommeln

Here we present all the drums currently available. There are recordings of every drum, played by hand, and using a beater. Obviously each recording is an actual recording of the very drum it appears next to!! Then, of course, a drum's sound changes depending on things like humidity, mood, style of play. We can only offer a glimpse into the drum's possibilities.
Prices are excl shipping costs:
€7,50 within Germany, €15 within the EU and €30 to the rest of the world.
Have you found your drum in this list, email us (mail@nelisdrums.de), let us know which drum it is, and best your adress as well. Then everything will turn out fine! We don't have a click-click-buy system! :-)
Have you not found your drum in this list, but think that we should build it, or that you need to build it yourself, contact us (mail@nelisdrums.de), and we will find a way!

Alle Trommel

rt434
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 46cm, 900g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€199

rtr111
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 894g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€211

rt455
Rothirsch/ Red deer, 58cm, 1136g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€288

rtr135
Reh/Roe Deer, 36cm, 436g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rt464
Reh/Roe Deer, 37cm, g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr143
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 44cm, 724g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€188

rt499
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 46cm, 842g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€199

rt503
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 832g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€211

rtr164
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 976g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€211

rt527
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 48cm, 828g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€211

rt536
Reh/Roe Deer, 36cm, 388g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rt537
Reh/Roe Deer, 36cm, 460g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rt539
Reh/Roe Deer, 36cm, 524g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr184
Reh/Roe Deer, 36cm, 434g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr186
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 430g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rtr187
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 382g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rtr188
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 412g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rt544
Reh/Roe Deer, 34cm, 440g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rt545
Reh/Roe Deer, 34cm, 480g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr189
Reh/Roe Deer, 39cm, 506g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rt547
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 42cm, 662g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€177

rtr190
Damhirsch/Fallow deer, 42cm, 640g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€177

rt550
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 396g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rt551
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 396g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rt552
Reh/Roe Deer, 32cm, 390g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€144

rt553
Reh/Roe Deer, 35cm, 514g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr191
Reh/Roe Deer, 35cm, 436g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€155

rtr192
Reh/Roe Deer, 38cm, 476g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

rt554
Reh/Roe Deer, 38cm, 476g

Hand Schlägel/Beater

€166

Flutes

Who doesn't know the hair-raising skwieky noises that recorders produce in the hands of children.
The Native American style flute is everything the recorder should have been. And yes offcourse she can make skieky noises. But with the first air chamber compensating pressure fluctuations, it is far more easy to make a nice sound with it. This, together with the pentatonic minor tuning, means that everyone can summon a few satisfying melodies out of the flute in almost no time.

Most think of Slow Floating New Age Indian Music when they think of the NAF, For wich it is actually ideal. But they are much more varied than just that, you can play slowly, quickly, swinging, dragging, but also staccato.

All our flutes are treated with non-toxic tung oil and beeswax.

Prices exclude shipping
€ 6.50 in Germany, outside Germany mostly around € 15
We don't ship to America get your flute from a native when your living there :-)

All of our flutes are a bit different, they are made of wood, so they all look different, but the sound of one is a bit airier, the other is warmer or clearer. that is why we took photos and recorded the sound of every flute. The audio samples that are next to each flute are from the flute that can also be seen in the picture. The recordings are without effects, so just the raw sound of the flute.
Click on the picture to see the rest of the photos of the flute.

fl010

€88

G# Hz

Länge: 49,5cm, Gewicht: 110g Holz Flöte: Lärche, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl018

€111

C 440Hz

Länge: 75,5cm, Gewicht: 232g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl020

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 45,2cm, Gewicht: 106g Holz Flöte: Kiefer, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl022

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44cm, Gewicht: 72g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl028

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44cm, Gewicht: 68g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl029

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 43,7cm, Gewicht: 80g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl032

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44cm, Gewicht: 70g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl033

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,4cm, Gewicht: 72g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl034

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,1cm, Gewicht: 70g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl038

€99

F# 440Hz

Länge: 51,5cm, Gewicht: 140g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl041

€66

C 440Hz

Länge: 37,2cm, Gewicht: 48g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl042

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 39cm, Gewicht: 60g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl043

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 40cm, Gewicht: 60g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl044

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 40cm, Gewicht: 60g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl045

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 39,7cm, Gewicht: 54g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl046

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 39,7cm, Gewicht: 62g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl047

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,5cm, Gewicht: 66g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl048

€66

B 440Hz

Länge: 39,8cm, Gewicht: 62g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl050

€88

G 432Hz

Länge: 52cm, Gewicht: 88g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl051

€88

G 432Hz

Länge: 51,5cm, Gewicht: 106g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl052

€88

G 432Hz

Länge: 51,3cm, Gewicht: 128g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Meranti

fl053

€66

C 440Hz

Länge: 37cm, Gewicht: 44g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl060

€77

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,3cm, Gewicht: 70g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl063

€88

G 440Hz

Länge: 51,5cm, Gewicht: 108g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl064

€88

G 440Hz

Länge: 51,5cm, Gewicht: 104g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl069

€88

G 440Hz

Länge: 51,5cm, Gewicht: 90g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen: Mahoni

fl072

€66

C# 432Hz

Länge: 36cm, Gewicht: 62g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl073

€66

C# 432Hz

Länge: 36cm, Gewicht: 62g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl074

€66

C# 432Hz

Länge: 36cm, Gewicht: 64g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl075

€66

C# 432Hz

Länge: 35,5cm, Gewicht: 52g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl076

€66

C# 432Hz

Länge: 36cm, Gewicht: 54g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl078

€77

A# 432Hz

Länge: 44cm, Gewicht: 66g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl079

€88

G#4 432Hz

Länge: 50,5cm, Gewicht: 118g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl080

€99

F# 440Hz

Länge: 52cm, Gewicht: 132g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl082

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,5cm, Gewicht: 68g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

fl083

A 440Hz

Länge: 44,5cm, Gewicht: 72g Holz Flöte: Fichte, Vogelchen:

Workshops

We are currently offering weekend workshops at our home (max 7 participants) in the woods. You will build your own drum from roe deer (max 42cm), fallow deer (max 52cm), or red deer hide (max 58cm), and get to know it in a guided journey.

The costs of €285 include all materials, (simple) accomodation, und exquisite food (ecological/wild). Vegetarian upon request. Vegan not possible.

For more information in English (or Dutch) contact us: mail@nelisdrums.de

Workshop Dates

FAQ

There are some questions we have answered again and again, so now is the time to collect them here. We will add to this collection whenever we come across some interesting or amusing question. If you have a question that isn't answered here (or isn't answered well enough) do ask us! :-)


Does my drum come with a beater?

Yes, it does.
We're sending a beater along with each drum we make. (Unless you tell us specifically not to!)
Personally I prefer playing by hand, because you can have more dynamics and more emotion in your play when using your hands. Most beaters I've seen with shaman drums are large and unwieldy. Those that we make are simple and light, allowing for greater versatility in play.


Can my drum be tuned?

No, it can't.
Now there are opinions ranging from "drums without tuning possibility are worthless" to "Shamans in old times didn't have tunable drums either". The first opinion is insulting drums, and therefore me personally. The second opinion... oh well. The indians [North American natives] that everyone is so taken with didn't have horses or large cotton teepees before contact with Europeans. And what is the cliché image of an indian?! So what is "original", now?!
Basically, having no tuning options means that the drums will lose tension when you are outdoors in the evening and it gets colder and more humid. Then again, you will probably be having a bonfire when you are foing to play your drum outdoors at night. And that solves the problem.
Tuning options can be useful, but they also mean greater responsibility. I don't want to know how many drums died because their tension has been increased when the evening was humid, and then it has been forgotten to decrease tension before the next hot day.


My drum has completely lost tension. What can I do?


Contact us

We are best reached by email. Our email address is mail@nelisdrums.de

We do have a phone with the number +49 151 456 83 202. But it's usually offline, and/or lying at its designated place which is usually not where we are.

Our post address is:
Försterei 1
17237 Klein Vielen OT Brustorf.

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