Building a Taiko Drum
Wine barrel with plywood rim insert pegged into place.
interior carved and tuned.
Candy apple taiko.
Stained and finished.
First drum head
(cow rawhide) soaked in water for 3 days and marked with template. Holes are
punched for inserting mimi (stainless rods) for the stretching process.
First stretch with
first drumhead. First taiko lift with 3 car jacks for tensioning the drum skin
by pushing the barrel into the skin.
Second skin soak
after drum head has been formed and dried (first stretch).
Dancing on the
drumhead to break it in before final tensioning. This is not dangerous. Really.
Tacking the drum
head and aligning the tacks to japanese precision.
The completed drum
on the improved taiko lift.
Announcement: Taiko building can be hazardous to your health.
For more info
on the taiko building process: Standford
Taiko: Drum Making Process
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