From a young age I was always intrigued with ancient cultures and my more “primitive” and distant ancestors. That tribal connection and the unique cultural perspectives called to me from the past, almost as if my DNA demanded it. At around 10 years old my interest in learning about ethnic traditions blossomed, which led me into finding “the zone” in karate, meditation, yoga, running and so on.
As a teen I was entranced by the ancestral heritage ingrained in many of my ancestors cultures, and a few years later I found the drum. The drum started me on my path of learning about a multitude of ancient instruments, then learning to repair and make those instruments, which then led into teaching.
It was the struggle to afford repairing my first djembe that led me into learning about the construction and repairing drums. With a few kids and other adult problems, it was almost impossible for me to afford a repair on my only large djembe drum at the time, so I started to learn the process of rebuilding djembes (which led into repairing them for others).
That same dilemma (minimal funds) led me to building my own flute, didgeridoo, and other instruments that I couldn’t afford to buy for myself at the time. After learning about building so many instruments, I just kept learning and expanding my knowledge in the field of indigenous instrument making.
I started teaching about indigenous instruments when my oldest son was in pre-k and asked me to bring some instruments in for show and tell, which started as a few drums being brought to his school. This led simple request led me to bringing larger collections of instruments and detailed presentations in the later years as he aged, and for my other children’s classes (or sometimes whole grade levels).
Now I teach groups (scout groups, festivals and various venues), facilitating my instrument education presentations and instrument building workshops.These events braid culture, traditional knowledge, myth, and science into each presentation/workshop. My passion for learning and teaching about indigenous instruments constantly evolves and integrates new instruments, history, techniques and cultures. Each event is facilitated in an organic nature, with no two events exactly the same.
Now Archaic Roots includes a number of services such as indigenous instrument repair and building events (workshops, retreats, classes); for many different instruments from around the world. Custom instrument commissions for clients looking for unique instruments for their collection. Private immersions for individuals wanting to dive head first into learning about specific instruments with personal workshops and private accommodations (primitive artist cabin). Our site includes articles related to various instruments and instrument makers. We also started offering fair trade indigenous instruments in our shop.
Workshops – Drum Circle Facilitation – Educational Presentations
Percussion and music are very important to me. For many years I have learned about various indigenous instruments and shared that knowledge through ethnic instrument education presentations & instrument building workshops at local schools or other groups such as Scout troops.
I have expanded on that by integrating group music making via drum circle facilitation and team building workshops. These types of workshops, group music sessions, and educational presentations let me help others through sharing knowledge & stories.
I love to make and teach about indigenous instruments, but I also specialize in repairing them. I have spent over half of my life playing drums and learning about indigenous cultures. While I also learned how to repair the various kinds of indigenous instruments like drums and flutes.
One of my passions is to create custom instruments for clients. I honor the ability to create functional art via musical instruments. Working with the elements and my own hands to produce valued partners in music making.
Studio & Property
The studio is located in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, the oldest mountains in the world. This is where some of the events (workshops and retreats) and drum circles are held.
Tucked away down a dirt road sits my dome home/studio and farm. At my studio you may find yourself surrounded by free ranging goats and chickens while making an instrument, or enjoying the fire while engulfed by the beating of drums, the sound of flutes or didgeridoo, during a drum circle.