Taiko Craft Skills At Taiko Centre East, we make our own instruments based on traditional craft skills  learnt from a Japanese taiko maker. Making taiko is, in many ways, more fascinating and physically demanding than playing them. As a result of eight years hard work we are now the proud owners of: 10 katsugi daiko, from full size to mini- ones for children, all super-light 10 shime daiko of different pitches 5 ojime daiko including one bass katsugi 1 Odaiko (with a stand still to be made) 6 miya daiko that we bought, but at least we can repair our own skins :-) 76 drum stands (how did that happen?) 25 pipe drums for everyday practice and teaching in schools lots of bizarre props and costumes
Read about Taiko Listen to Taiko Watch Taiko These are katsugi daiko shells ranging from 2 shaku to 1.4 shaku. The plaits are made from rawhide stretched around the shell. Teaching how to sew a shime skin at the National Taiko Festival, 2013 Repair work for Mugenkyo, an old Asano daiko that needed a new bearing edge and skins 'Shime' means 'stitched'. Small high-pitched drums traditionally used in Noh theatre. Katsugi daiko skin lacquered Preparing a hiradaiko
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