tongue drums

We build 4-note tongue drums in a variety of exotic hardwoods. Each drum comes with mallets.


What is a Tongue Drum?

The tongue drum is one of the world’s oldest known instruments. They have been a part of African, Asian, and South American cultures for thousands and thousands of years. Typically made from wood, the instrument consists of a box or log with slits or tongues carved into it to produce notes when struck. Despite the name, the instrument is in fact an ideophone or “lamellaphone”, since the body of the instrument itself vibrates when struck.

These drums were first made from hollowed out trees which were struck with sticks to create tones. It is thought the earliest of the tongue drums were made to produce very low tones which traveled great distances when played.