In 2003 I had the privilege of meeting a coppersmith and singing-bowl maker Ton Akkermans from Holland who has been teaching me the art of crafting my own singing bowls and healing instruments which now accompany me on musical meditations, sound-weaving concerts and in sound alchemy sessions.
Ton has worked as a copper- and blacksmith most of his life. He recalled his experience as a blacksmith in other lifetimes and cultures, creating singing bowls and metal instruments in ancient Tibet. His memories as a master bowl-maker in Tibet showed him how each bowl was made very intentionally in deep meditative work – each for a very specific purpose – be it to accompany one monk on his spiritual journey of awakening or for a specified use in a temple or village. Some of the larger and very powerful bowls were hammered by several master craftsmen – maybe even over generations – only at certain times – imbuing them with special vibrational tasks for different times.
Ton was guided to start crafting singing bowls and other healing metal instruments that specifically vibrate with frequencies needed for this Time now, which now he dedicates his life to. He gives bowl making workshops, sound healing concerts and sound workshops with his many handcrafted instruments. He also teaching about re-tuning the old bowls that have been brought from the east to the west for new purposes in this new time we are in now.
You can find his website here: http://odebaer.jimdo.com/
After having trained with Ton for many years he invited me to assist with the teaching of the crafting of bowls and sound instruments and create my own workshops. Since 2010 I have been making instruments to commission and teaching singing bowl crafting workshops in the UK and recently in other parts of Europe.
Heather Smith Cowen and I together create the Resounding Earth journeys and workshops, the organization we created specifially to resound the earth with the creation and playing of new frequency instruments: see here: www.resoundingearth.org
From 2010 to 2015 Quentin Cowen was part of the Resounding Earth Team until he branched out on his own in 2016: quentincowen.co.uk
We are looking forward to future collaborations with Ton, Quentin, Carolina and others who are inspired by the crafting of these amazing sound tools – sonic gifts to the planet and our world