Today I am posting a couple photographs of a 13 Inch Hand Drum I just finished making.
The Drum is made with a Steam Bent Maple frame and is covered with Buffalo (American Bison) Rawhide which was soaked for a day then stretched tight over the frame and using Buffalo Rawhide lacing I had cut to bind it tightly to the frame to allow for shrinkage as it dried and stretched tight.
I arranged the lacing in such a way so it could be held in the hand from the backside to play the drum. Note the 4 directions pattern of the lacing.
I next painted a full sized Eagle feather on the drum using oil paints which tend to stay on longer than acrylics and do not peel off easily.