We make good quality wind and percussion instruments here in our workshop in Kent. Our medieval bone flutes are available here on this page, with more information and a downloadable article here.

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*Made to order - ready in approx. 4-6 weeks*

These sheep bone flutes are accurate working reproductions of medieval bone flutes, made here in the workshop by Helen Leaf of the Leaf Trading Post. She has studied the archaeological examples as research for her PhD.

The sheep bone flute is on the right of the photo, and has three front toneholes.

If you'd like to know more about bone flutes, click the link in the left menu to go to the bone flute page.

Due to natural variations in the shape of the bones, each flute has a different and unique sound. We like our customers to try serveral flutes and choose the one that suits them best - if you're coming along to any of our shows and want to make sure we have them with us, let us know.

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*Made to order - ready in approx. 4-6 weeks*

This type of flute, shown second from the right in the photo above, was less common in medieval times than the sheep bone flute. It was made from the metatarsal bone (the lower back leg) of the deer, and typically had five front toneholes, a thumbhole, and a square sided window.

Due to the nature of the bone, each flute will be different in sound quality. They tend to have more range than the sheep bone flutes, and a stronger sound.

If you'd like to know more about bone flutes, click the link in the left menu to go to the bone flute page.

These are made to order - use the 'contact' form to get in touch about this.

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We spend a lot of time and care on these drums, and we're very pleased with how they sound. We make the frames here from birch plywood, and we make sure the edge is smooth and fine. We chamfer the edge of the drumshell so that the drumskin can resonate freely. Then, we use red (or yellow ochre on request) to colour the drum frames, and English red deer rawhide for the skins. We make the drums so that the skins are quite tight so that they respond well in the English climate, which can be damp at times. Our drumsticks are made from locally-sourced hedgerow wood and have a deerskin end.

Drum diameter - 16", depth - 3.5"

The drums can also be used like a frame drum and played with the hands. They are very responsive and have a good range of tones.

We've now started making some of our drums with an open circle at the back (see the photo for details) - we find that by playing the drum with the hand open rather than closed gives a very different experience. Let us know if you'd like your drum to be made in this way.

We have some drums in stock and also make drums to order, so contact us with any queries. At the moment both drums in stock have red ochre frames and a cross/cartwheel design of lacing at the back.

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Made here in the workshop, these are the hoops we use to make our Native American style drums with. They are made from birch plywood in two layers, with the joins of both layers at opposite sides of the hoop.

They measure 15 1/2" diameter, are approximately 3" deep, and the wood is 10mm thick. We've filed off any rough edges, but you need to file and sand the frames to suit how you make your drums.

The second photo shows how I've finished the frames with yellow or red ochre, and wax.
Bulk orders are possible.

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These drumsticks are made from hazel or chestnut wood, and have a red deer antler tine that is fitted so that it appears smoothly from the end.

The 'playing' end is covered firstly with wool fibre, and then with English red deer buckskin.

The two that we currently have in stock are the lower two that you see in the photo - let us know which you'd like when you place your order. 

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These drumsticks are made from hazel or chestnut wood, and have a roe deer antler tine that is fitted so that it appears smoothly from the end.

The 'playing' end is covered firstly with wool fibre, and then with English red deer buckskin.

We're currently out of stock of these (yes, they've been popular!) but should make some more before December. Let us know if you're waiting.

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These are made here in our workshop at the Leaf Trading Post, from English and exotic hardwoods. Each one is made by hand and is undecorated to reveal the simplicity and beauty of the grain of the wood, and they're all tested to make sure they sound well.

Woods and availability vary. Let us know which one you'd like when you place your order.

The bullroarers made from English woods cost £20 and we currently have the following in stock: yew, apple, cherry, birch and lacewood (London plane). Some of these are in the first photo.

The bullroarers made from exotic woods cost £25 and we currently have the following in stock: zebrano, rupala lacewood, lignum vitae verawood, lignum vitae palo santo, ebony, pau amarello, lemonwood (castello box), imbuya and ovangkol. Some of these are in the second photo.

If you're coming along to a show and want to see them, let us know and we'll be sure to bring them along.

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These horns are beautiful and sculptural in form, and give a clear stong tone when blown. They can also be played in the syle of a didgeridoo, and the mouthpiece can be widened or cut down accordingly to suit this type of playing.

They vary in size but most are around 24-26" in length. We file the surface layer away to reveal the paler horn layers between, and this gives the variation in colour that you see in the picture.

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Handmade for us by our blacksmith and coated with our beeswax, these are based on designs from medieval iconography. They have a closed bar structure rather than having the gap as seen in modern triangles, and this, along with the rings, gives a nice clangy sound.

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We make these here in the workshop from European reed cane (arundo donax), ash wood and linen cord. They are whirled around in the air, and as they travel in an arc through the air, they sound like a bird singing. The sound changes according to how quickly and strongly the string is whirled.

Photo to follow soon!

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