Archaic Roots is a manifestation of many years of study, practice and passion for hand made crafts/artistic media combined with knowledge of indigenous instruments and traditions. The custom made drums and instruments, indigenous instrument education presentations, drum circle facilitation and instrument building workshops provided by Archaic Roots are all inspired by the traditions of our global ancestors.

Offering one of a kind experiences with our unique workshops, retreats, and personal instrument building immersions. Additionally, we can provide an awesome private guest room or primitive artist cabin on the Archaic Roots property (located in the Southern Appalachian wilderness within the largest dome community on the East Coast of the United States). We can host and offer a unique experience while you’re here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains! Focus on yourself, delve into true wilderness areas, connect with our Mother Earth, hike to waterfalls, create art and instruments with a variety of media, and so much more!!

Looking for repair services for a variety of indigenous instruments such as drums, flutes, whistles, didgeridoo, and more; we can help! We can also create hand crafted custom instruments on a commission basis based on your vision and requirements.

Combining the elements of earth, water, air, and fire to produce functional art with a purpose of making music that transcends the art you are accustomed to seeing in most galleries. There’s no other place like Archaic Roots, come see visit us and see what we do!

Transformational Workshops & Classes!

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Adult Workshops

Native American Style Flute Building Workshop- 2023
During this workshop you will be learning how to make your own Native American style flute. We will start with a pre-drilled square flute blank, then we will be making the sound hole (splitting edge) and channel, rounding the blank, carving a totem, adjusting the key, adding the holes and tuning each, decorating the flutes, and discussing the history, culture, and playing techniques. This class usually takes around 6 hours to complete, and you will be birthing your own custom flute by the end of the class.
We try to refrain from using any power tools in this process. Please be prepared to use files, hand drills, sand paper and fire to create your flute. 
 
March 25, 2023 - March 25, 2023 $125.00 BOOK NOW
Ceramic Instrument Building Workshop 2023
Experience the process combining earth, water, fire and air to make your own clay instrument.
April 15, 2023 - April 15, 2023 $125.00 BOOK NOW
Easy Native American Flute Making Workshop

Easiest Native American Style flute making workshop we offer! Make your flute a few hours! Pre-made kits provided, that are already drilled/tuned and ready to put together. Learn about the Native American Style Flute and its rich history and culture … Continued

April 8, 2023 - April 8, 2023 $100.00 BOOK NOW
Indigenous Frame Drum Building Workshop 2023

Learn to build your own frame drum (shamanic drum) in this wonderful workshop. In just a few hours you will learn the process of making this type of drum and be educated on the history and cultural/ceremonial aspects as well. … Continued

May 20, 2023 - May 20, 2023 $225.00$250.00 BOOK NOW

Youth Workshops

Scout Merit Badge Workshop- Indian Lore

Complete your Indian Lore Merit Badge requirements in a single workshop. Open to any scout needing this badge. We will meet the requirements for the merit badge. Please bring your blue card signed by our scout leader. BSA Certified Merit … Continued

February 18, 2023 - February 18, 2023 $40.00 BOOK NOW
Easy Native American Flute Making Workshop

Easiest Native American Style flute making workshop we offer! Make your flute a few hours! Pre-made kits provided, that are already drilled/tuned and ready to put together. Learn about the Native American Style Flute and its rich history and culture … Continued

April 8, 2023 - April 8, 2023 $100.00 BOOK NOW
Scout Merit Badge Workshop- Leatherwork 2023

  Learn all the requirements to gain your merit badge from a certified merit badge counselor. 1. Do the following: a. Explain to your counsel the hazards you are most likely to encounter while using leatherwork tools and materials, and … Continued

May 27, 2023 - May 27, 2023 $60.00 BOOK NOW
Kids Drum Making Workshop

Kids learn to build their own frame drum in this wonderful 2 hour workshop. Kids will learn the process of making this type of drum and be educated on the history and cultural aspects of drumming around the world. This … Continued

January 21, 2023 - January 21, 2023 $65.00 BOOK NOW

Custom Workshops

Private Immersion (workshops and more)
One of a kind experience! Custom build your immersion based on your personal goals and interests! Build instruments, hike waterfalls, personal sound journey experiences, make art, fireside stories and music making, and more.

Get lost in the forest, to find yourself.

$400.00$700.00 ADD TO CART
Private Customized Workshop
One of a kind experience! Custom build your immersion based on your personal goals and interests! Build instruments, hike waterfalls, personal sound journey experiences, make art, fireside stories and music making, and more.

Get lost in the forest, to find yourself.

$100.00 ADD TO CART

Instruments

3D Printed Native Flute

This economical 3d printed native style flute sounds great and is affordable. Tuned to F#, this flute sounds great and is perfect for beginners or those wanting a starter flute. I think it’s also great for hikers, since it’s small, … Continued

$40.00 ADD TO CART
Hand Made Bullroarer 14″

These are hand made bullroarers made from red cedar with wood burned designs. Each are unique with different designs. Roughly 14″ long, artificial sinew string included.

$50.00 ADD TO CART
Hand Made Bullroarer 8″

These are hand made bullroarers made from red cedar with wood burned designs. Each are unique with different designs. Roughly 8″ long, string included.

$30.00 ADD TO CART
Unique Wall Hanging Flute Stand

Unique wall hanging flute stand, you won’t find another like it. This piece is made from hemlock wood, deer antler, abalone shell, lichen, elk leather, and wood burned decoration.

$250.00 ADD TO CART
Tibetan Singing Bowl

A nice 7 metal hand-hammered Tibetan singing bowl.

$280.00 ADD TO CART
Medium Conch Shell Trumpet

Medium size conch shell trumpet with custom wood mouthpiece. Free shipping  

$120.00 ADD TO CART
Native American Flute

Flute made of sassafras with burnt aged burnt wood theme.   Free shipping.

$125.00 ADD TO CART
Aztec Death Whistle

Unique Aztec Death Whistle. Free shipping.

$65.00 ADD TO CART
Large conch shell trumpet

Large conch shell trumpet with wood mouthpiece. Beautiful with loud voice. Free shipping within the United States.

$160.00 ADD TO CART
Dan Moi (double)- Vietnamese Mouth Harp
The Dan Moi is the traditional 'Jew's Harp' (or jaw's harp, or trump, or guimbarde) of the Vietnamese mountain people Hmong. Hand-made by a small number of excellent local craftsmen, this brass instrument captivates even novices by being easily playable and have a brilliant sound, rich in overtones.
$15.00 ADD TO CART
Dan Moi (classic)- Vietnamese Mouth Harp
The Dan Moi is the traditional 'Jew's Harp' (or jaw's harp, or trump, or guimbarde) of the Vietnamese mountain people Hmong. Hand-made by a small number of excellent local craftsmen, this brass instrument captivates even novices by being easily playable and have a brilliant sound, rich in overtones.
$10.00 ADD TO CART
Sale!
Dan Moi (mini)- Vietnamese Mouth Harp
The Dan Moi is the traditional 'Jew's Harp' (or jaw's harp, or trump, or guimbarde) of the Vietnamese mountain people Hmong. Hand-made by a small number of excellent local craftsmen, this brass instrument captivates even novices by being easily playable and have a brilliant sound, rich in overtones.
$7.00 ADD TO CART

Recent Articles


Making a Japanese style shell trumpet (horagai)

Making a Japanese style shell trumpet (horagai), from start to finish. This is about 6 hours of work condensed down to around 5 minutes. This piece was a custom commission piece. The end result is amazing! I love making functional … Continued

The mysterious pre-Columbian mouth whistle (shepherd’s whistle)

While researching rare whistles and flutes I came across what may be one of the most rare types of whistles known. These whistles are comparable to what many know as the “shepherd’s whistle”, but also known as an “air-spring” whistle, … Continued

Making a Conch Shell Trumpet

Disclaimer- Working with sea shell dust of any kind is very dangerous, not only breathing it in, but also via the heavy metals some shell dust contains and skin contact. Please use protective masks and wind displacement to limit your … Continued

My perspective on making ceremonial tools & instruments

There is a sacred gift in the act of creating a spiritual tool that is hard to explain. It’s like holding sand, that magic is drifting and vague, but tangible during the moments of creation. Then that item you invested … Continued