I have two drums that assist me in my vitki work. Both are handmade by heathens. Both are 10 inches in diameter. I acquired both from Etsy. I use them to go into trance for my seidr work and my serious rune work.
The first drum I got is a female. Her name is Olva. Her name came to me in trance when I first started working with her. I use her name when I first start going into trance. She is my first contact in trance work for journeying purposes. As I drum on her I chant her name. This helps me get into a deeper trance. Her head is made of horse hide. Olva’s pitch is the deeper of the two drums. I use her when I am doing work on intuitive issues. She is always there for me if I am traveling to Hel or working on emotional issues. She helps me clear my head on any right brian work.
My other drum is male. His name is Skinfaxi. His head is elk hide. He assists me in right brian work. If I want to reach Odin I use him. Anything having to do with logical solutions I use him for. Again I chant his name when first going into trance. He helps me remain focused on solution based work. And all rune work I use him for.
Both drums have become vital tools in my vitki practices. With them I am able to attain deeper trance states. They keep me stay focused on the work at hand. Sometimes I just get them out to play. They seem to me to be living entities. I count them among my closest friends.
If you do any trance work I strongly recommend drums. I know they bring me into closer contact with the other beings of the nine realms. They offer a form of structure in an area that can become pretty scattered. I deal with them every time I do vitki work. They have become indispensable for me.