- Barrel (Height: 24", Diameter: 19 7/8")
- Finding taiko-quality skin is not easy, but there are a number of hide companies that have experience selling to taiko groups. Visit Rolling Thunder to get started finding hides. To cut down on work, it helps to buy rawhide that has already been cleaned.
- ST has bought rawhide from Herman Oak Leather in the past. They have experience with taiko groups and they are affordable, but the quality is not always consistent.
Herman Oak Leather
PO Box 500087
St. Louis, MO 63150-0087
Phone: (314) 421-1173, Phone: (800) 325-7950, Fax: (314) 421-6152
- Rolling Thunder recommends Stern Tanning Co., with whom they have partnered to offer taiko grade rawhide. The quality is supposed to be very good, and skins can be bought as cut circles, sides, or whole hides.
Stern Tanning Co., Inc.
PO Box 55
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
Phone: 920-467-8615, Fax: 920-467-8694
- Tacks (about 275 per chudaiko and 400 for an odaiko)
- Plywood: 1/2" thick, it takes approximately eight 2' x 2' squares.
- Zenshin Daiko uses wood glue.
- Polyurethane has its advantages, but they don't like it for several reasons: after applying, the glue foams and expands. They are uncomfortable with this because they don't want it pushing the staves apart. It also costs more, and is difficult to clean up -- especially from skin.
- One advantage however is that once cured, polyurethane glue it is not water soluble like most "yellow" wood glues. In other words you donŐt have to worry about moisture and humidity.
- Dowels: Buy 3/8" hardwood dowels, it takes approximately sixty 2 1/2" pieces for a chu-daiko.
- Fiberglass Body Filler: Zenshin Daiko adds this to reinforce the rim, in addition to the plywood insert. They use "USC: Fiberglass Filled Filler DURAGLAS".
- Interior Stain: Staining the body once it is finished is purely an aesthetic step, but the stain can help to hide the glue lines and differences in grains.
- Polyurethane: Protects the inside and outside of the drum body from moisture.
- Mimi Rods (3/8" diameter stainless steel rods, 5 3/4" long)
- Rope (For forming/stretching heads)
- Sandpaper (Zenshin Daiko begins with 40 grit, then moves up through 80, 160, and 220)
- Cardboard or Newspaper (To protect floor while gluing barrel)
- Large piece of plywood (To protect floor while cutting skin)
- 8-12 Small Pieces of Thick Carpet (To protect body of drum from pulleys during skinning)
- Towels (Used during second soak to evenly wet head)
- Paraffin Wax (Rub on the edge of the body to make the skin slide easier when stretching)
- Duct Tape (To hold metal bands on while glue dries)
- Paint Thinner (To wipe down barrel while sanding. Water causes the wood to swell)
- Rags (For cleanup)
Rolling Thunder is a great source for finding materials and advice on how to build drums. Check out their Online Catalog at: http://www.taiko.com/catalog