What is a Tongue Drum?


A serious musical instrument that’s fun to play and great to look at. We start with exotic woods with unique grains specifically seeking out knots and wormholes that occur naturally to add character. We never stain them but instead preserve that natural beauty with a hand-rubbed finish of tung oil, linseed oil and wax.

We tune each key, or tongue, to create a scale that can be played with mallets or by hand. Distinctly melodic, they can be played alone or blended with other instruments. An onstage eye-catcher for the performance musician or a living room conversation piece for the art lover, our drums are limited only by the imagination.

Our Choice of Woods


African Mahogony

African Mahogany grain

Description: African Mahogany heartwood is a light pink-brown that darkens when cut to a reddish brown. It has a medium to coarse texture and a straight to interlocked grain, which can yield a striped or roe figure. The wood finishes well and has a lustrous quality.

Country of Origin: Africa


African Padauk

African Padauk grain

Description: African Padauk heartwood is vivid blood red, toning down to a dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure. Grain is straight to interlocked. Texture is similar to African mahogany, being slightly open grained.

Country of Origin: Central and West Africa


Black Walnut

Black Walnut grain

Description: Black Walnut heartwood is rich dark brown to purplish-black and is usually straight grained. Wavy or curly grain is sometimes present. Texture is coarse.

Country of Origin: North America


Canary Wood

Canary Wood grain

Description: Heartwood varies from pale yellowish-brown to pale olive-brown streaked with olive green, dark gray, or pinkish-brown, and when mineral stained, streaks of steel blue. Grain is usually straight, regular, fine texture.

Country of Origin: South America (Brazil)


Goncalo Aves (Tiger Wood)

Goncalo Aves grain

Description: Goncalo Alves is reddish-brown in color, richly mottled and with dark brown streaks and spots similar to Rosewood. Grain is irregular, and interlocked with alternating layers of hard and soft wood. Texture is medium.

Country of Origin: South America (Brazil)


Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry)

Jatoba grain

Description: Jatoba heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown marked with dark brown streaks. It has a golden luster. Grain is usually interlocked with a medium to coarse texture.

Country of Origin: South America (Brazil)


Purpleheart

Purpleheart grain

Description: Purpleheart heartwood is a deep purple-violet when freshly cut, maturing to a dark brown. The original color is restored when re-cut. Grain is straight, but often irregular, wavy and sometimes interlocked. Texture is moderate to fine.

Country of Origin: Central and South America


South American Mahogany

South American Mahogany grain

Description: South American Mahogany heartwood ranges from light to dark reddish-brown in color. Grain is straight to interlocked. It’s texture is medium to coarse and uniform.

Country of Origin: South America


Wenge

Wenge grain

Description: The clearly defined heartwood is dark brown, with very close, fine, almost black veins. The closely spaced whitish bands of parenchyma give wenge wood a very attractive appearance. It is fairly straight grained with a coarse texture.

Country of Origin: Africa (Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, & Tanzania)


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