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Cancelled due to low enrollment: Drum Building Workshop will be May 16-17, 2015! 

We'll try again next year

It's time for our yearly sojourn into the land of creation! Come out and join us for an amazing journey into Drum Building. This is an intense process that will leave you exhilarated and in possession of a drum built by you, with your love, passion and energy entwined with its very being.

You have your choice of building a Djembe, Ashiko, Dunun, Native American Frame Drum or Native American Ceremonial Drum at our next Workshop in May 2015!

This is a once a year Workshop, so be sure to get in on it if you want to build a drum this year! Please let me know if you are interested even if you aren't quite ready to sign up!

Where: North Grafton, MA
When: May 16-17, 2015
The workshop starts each day at 9 AM and runs until approximately 7 to 9 PM. (It can run longer or shorter for some, depending on how much sanding, design or decoration is intended. Please plan on two full days)

Want to see what building a drum is like? Read Steps for building a drum (PDF, 9,491 KB)

Stan Secrest, workshop craftsman and co-facilitator, from joins Grafton Drum again bringing with him years of experience running workshops all over the country. This will be Stan's 13th workshop in co-ordination with Grafton Drum. Stan will supply all the rough drum shells, skins, rings, rope, glue, varnish and Stan and Susan will share their knowledge of building drums.

Please bring with you anything that you will need to decorate your drum shell, such as wood-burning tools, paint or stain. We will have a limited supply of these items should you forget, but please don't count on us having exactly what you want for your creativity to be expressed. Please come with a design in mind to save time at the workshop. You will need to bring some cloth/fabric that is special/pleasing to you for wrapping your rings. We will have a limited supply of fabric as well.

Stan brings several different types of drum shells in different woods. You can choose from what he has available, or you can make advance arrangements for something specific. Base prices listed below are for pine; hardwoods cost an additional $25. Stan usually has black cherry, maple and ash available. If you are interested in a tropical hardwood (that is not on the endangered species list) please contact Stan directly at

Tropical hardwood will increase the price of your drum dramatically.

If you are unsure of what type of drum you want to make (or have any other questions) email me at and I can give you some suggestions.

Below is a price list of the drums and styles that you can choose from. Click on which one you want to place it in your cart.

Please see special payment instructions below in green.
(All prices in US dollars)




Native Frame Drums

Ceremonial Drums

If you want hardwood, please click on the link below to add it to your cart with your drum order.

* Hardwood upgrade fee - $25.00
** Larger Ceremonial Drums by request - check with Stan

Registration deadline is April 15, 2015. By then, a $50 deposit is required; Payment for the drum must be a check made payable directly to Stan.  Because the website is for Grafton Drum, please place your registration through here and check the "Money Order" box for payment type.  After placing your order, please pay for your drum via check (deposit only or full amount), made out to Stan Secrest. Send it to Grafton Drum, 221 Brigham Hill Rd, North Grafton, MA 01536. Payment balance is due at start of the workshop, where you can use credit card (Stan has a machine with him), check or cash.


In addition to the cost of the drum which goes directly to Stan, I ask each participant to contribute $40 to cover the cost of hosting, organizing and running the workshop. The $40 may be cash or check made payable to Grafton Drum on the day of the workshop, or you may pay via Paypal through this website, placing your order for the location fee separately from your order for the drum.

Location fee - $40.00

If you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay, contact me directly, and I can point you in the right direction.

After registering, you will receive confirmation of your order.  About a week or two before the workshop you'll receive another email giving you details on what to bring and directions.

We accept Mastercard and VISA. This can be done online, or if you'd prefer to phone in your credit card information, please email us for the phone number.

If you wish to pay by check, please mail to:
The Grafton Drum Co-op, attn: Susan West, 221 Brigham Hill Rd., North Grafton, MA 01536

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