Our main goal at Dakota Drum Company is to create traditional drums of the highest quality. This means a lot of extra work goes into each one.
It also means you will have something that will last for generations, instead of just a few years. Probably the biggest difference is that we use only hand-scraped buffalo rawhide. This is a labor-intensive job that requires putting each hide on a frame and removing the meat and hair using a traditional scraper.
Most drums today are made with a commercially produced rawhide. This rawhide is made by using lye or other chemicals to remove the meat and hair. The problem is that these chemicals change the rawhide and make it more brittle. That is why it cracks usually after just a few years.
When you use only water and scrape the hides, the rawhide retains all its natural strength and elasticity. As a result, this rawhide will last at least ten times longer than commercially produced rawhide, and of course, we stand behind our products and will repair or replace any drums that might break because of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year.
Contact us in Rapid City, South Dakota, to learn more about the history behind our Traditional Buffalo Hide Drums and Native American Art.