handcrafted drums and flutes.

DRUMS AND FLUTES

A lot of love, and a little magic — we genuinely hope it shows in our work. We design and make one of a kind, handcrafted drums and flutes.

WE ARE INDEBTED TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE COME BEFORE US. FROM ACROSS THE WORLD, AND ACROSS THE MILLENNIA, A THOUSAND ANCIENT GENERATIONS, ANCESTORS AND INNOVATORS, ARTISTS, PLAYERS, AND STORYTELLERS. FROM THE FIRST MAKER, TO THE LAST TEACHER, WE WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CREATIVITY, AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THOSE WHO’S SHOULDERS WE STAND ON.

handcrafted drums and flutes.

The Culture

Our journey began with a need to create, and to make beautiful things by hand. We take the extra time, because we truly appreciate the craft, and value instruments that are genuinely unique and special. And we think it’s meaningful to have a reverence for the past, for the materials and techniques we use — To hold true, but still be out of the ordinary.

Our Drums

Through the journey into drumming we all find a new expression of spirit, a connection to nature and to one another. Drumming carries the energy and rhythms to help people gain a common ground. Young or old, seasoned or beginner, in the drum circle everyone is in the moment.

handcrafted drums and flutes.

The Craft

True craftsmanship is a quality that comes from creating with passion, and attention to detail. It comes with respect for the culture, the traditions, and the materials you work with. It’s about having patience, and doing things the best possible way, which is almost never the easy way. Every instrument at KunKuMan is handcrafted, each in its own time.

Our Flutes

Our first musical instruments emerged along with our first art, first jewelry and first rituals, and our first flutes were some of the most expressive, powerful, even magical, of these instruments. Through the millennia, they have undergone a tremendous evolution — forever changing, yet always within sight of their origins.

handcrafted drums and flutes.

Workshops & Retreats

Discovering the art of making your own musical instruments is a profoundly rewarding and enriching experience. It not only establishes a personal connection with the instruments you make, but also deepens your understanding of history, an appreciation of the instrument, and of this ancient craft.

We host a number of workshops each year, including one-on-one personalized workshops, communal group workshops, multi-day camping retreats, and travel workshops for those seeking adventure and inspiration. Each workshop is a transformative journey designed to foster a sincere connection with the ancient traditions and techniques that underpin our instruments and our craft.

In May

HAND DRUM WORKSHOP

This workshop introduces you to the skills needed to complete a traditional hand drum, including layout, frame, drum head, lacing, tuning and finishing. All the skills needed, taught in a three day build.

In June

ANDEAN RETREAT

A time to appreciate the natural beauty and harmony of the Andes. Join us on a two or three day, hiking and camping, musical adventure. Remarkable views, ancient sites, an absolutely incredible experience.

In July

RIM-BLOWN WORKSHOP

In this three day workshop, you will learn the theory and skills needed to complete a ‘four-hole pentatonic’ rim-blown design in two octaves, including flute body, layout, placement, tuning and finishing.

Want more information on
our 2024 workshops and retreats?

2024 / Sacred Sounds Peru

Join us on a 1,500 km / 1000 mile Journey of Discovery — Experience the time-honored sights and enchanting sounds of ancient Peru, as we explore some of the oldest cultures and musical traditions of the Americas.
Caral-Supe Archeological Site (UNESCO)
Supe Valey, Norte Chico Civilization / 3000 – 1800 BCE
Chavin de Huantar Archeological Site
Conservation Laboratory / Dr. John Rick, Stanford University.
Chankillo Archaeo-astronomical Complex (UNESCO)
Temple Complex & Solar Observatory / 250 – 200 BCE
Tumshukaiko Archeological Site
Unción de la Ñusta de Huaylas / 2,000 BCE – 300 BCE
Chavin Archeological Site (UNESCO)
Ideological & Religious Pilgrimage Centre / 1500 BCE – 750 BCE
The Sacred City of Caral (UNESCO)
La Huanca Monolith & Pyramid, 2023 Expedition / 3000 – 1800 BCE
More Info Coming Soon!

10 days / May 7th through the 16th

Limited spaces / maximum 12 people

handcrafted drums and flutes.

Sights & Sounds

The latest photos, videos, and sound samples. Coming up—more on the basics, history, playing styles, and learning. Have questions? Get in touch and we’ll do all we can to help you get started.

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KunKuMan Drums and Flutes are a work of art. We have seen first-hand the amount of thought, heart, and hours that are invested in creating each piece–from conceptualizing what the piece will look like to gathering the materials and bringing it to life. – Read More

Kate Cave & Jean-François Côté / Ontario, Canada

I was looking for a good shamanic drum to use in my women’s circles and holistic therapies when a friend and colleague recommended Eduardo’s beautiful drums. It was an excellent choice! The level of craftsmanship is second to none… – Read More

Marlene Montoya-Walsh / London, UK

Upon first seeing Eu’s drums I was impressed with their beauty. I am happy to have a wonderful drum with so much love and heart, and thankful to have met this great artist and maker of awesome drums… – Read More

Yuyu / Hawaii, United States of America

I love my drum that I made with Eu on his property in Caraz. The drum is made of the finest quality materials and is 100% natural, he also made me a bag to carry it in. He’s a really nice guy, who has a holistic and spiritual approach to life… – Read More

Tamara York / Western Australia

The care and attention to detail that John puts into every flute he makes is apparent. He respects and honors the traditions and history of the craft. He can give you the subtle differences in different cultures and the flutes they traditionally made and used… – Read More

Kelly Dwyer / Great Falls, Montana / Huaylas, Peru

I personally love KunkuMan drums, and the quality of the work. I contacted Eduardo without knowing him, and found him cordial and very detailed. From the beginning, our working relationship was great, and I found him very easy to trust… – Read More

Lily Maribel Llauca Flores / Lima, Peru

KM 1.5 – Camino a Paron
Cordillera Blanca, Shocsha, Peru

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