Chorded 12-key wooden tongue drum
Est. 1974

The Original
Tongue Drum

Hands with mallets playing a drum with yellow Canarywood top and red Padauk sides.
Est. 1974

The Original
Tongue Drum

An Artist Collaboration

Music in the Woods

"The drawing of sound from wood is among the oldest and most primal manifestations of human communication and musical expression."

- Michael Thiele, Founder of Hardwood Music

Music of the 9-Key Geo

Always listen with headphones for highest quality! If your tuning track isn't listed, contact us for a sample.

  1. New Standard E
  2. E diatonic
  3. "Song for Slope" A
  4. "Song for Slope" B flat
  5. "Jack's" G minor
  6. D minor
  7. Celtic G
  8. "Nemo" G harmonic minor
  9. Akebono

Shop 9-Key Geo

Geo Bones | Canarywood
from $575.00
Geo Bones | Padauk
from $675.00
Geo Bones | Pau Rosa
from $675.00
Geo Bones | Guatemalan Rosewood
from $795.00
"Jumbo Drum" Chorded 12-Key

"Jumbo Drum" Chorded 12-Key

Regular price$1,495.00

Handcrafted in Flagstaff, Arizona using carefully selected exotic hardwoods. Comes with mallets. Dimensions 24” L X 9” W X 6” H.

The “Jumbo Drum” is a Chorded 12-Key with the bass turned up to max. While we only build these on occasion, they are one of the most pleasing and powerful drums we make. This is a tuning that employs the “standing wave” acoustic principal. This creates a rich and highly-sustaining tone by “duplicating” a particular pitch on more than one tongue (note). The result is a musical personality that conveys peacefulness and centering.


All of our drums are handcrafted and tuned at our shop in Flagstaff, AZ. Each board is hand-picked for visual beauty and acoustic excellence. We’ve become masters at listening for tone quality in each piece of hardwood.

Hands playing 12-key wooden tongue drum with mallets

Musical Freedom

We call the tuning compositions in our drums "open-harmonic". This means that anyone, regardless of prior knowledge or musical ability, can create music that sounds pleasing to the ear without a worry of playing a "wrong note".

Organic Voice

By nature, all Hardwood Music instruments are one of a kind. Built from the exotic hardwoods of the world, each of our drums offer a unique musical voice. Since no two planks of wood are alike, no two drums are either.  

|Nature is music|

Bring the sound of wood into your environment

|Be Inspired|

Where will your creative journey take you?

HMC Spotlight

Tongue Drums at the Hotel California
Animation & Multimedia

creative partnership

Ember Lab is an animation and digital content studio now developing their first game title, Kena: Bridge of Spirits. The adventure takes players on a journey of self-discovery as Kena restores balance to an ancient village in a once-thriving environment. This immersive world will feature a creative use of HMC drums in its playful and mystical soundtrack.