Marc Steuben Makes a Taiko Drum! Part 1

 

Marc Steuben is teaching his students the art of making a Taiko drum.image

His first task is to find a suitable drum, here he’s using a Western drum which will be quite different when he’s completed the project.  The outside of the drum will be covered with wood slats or a wood finish.

He soaks cowhide in water overnight and stretches it over special made metal rings.

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He teaches the students the correct tension for the wet leather and as it dries it will shrink making the perfect drum head.

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Here is one of the drum heads and you can see the brand on the hide.

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Mark has devised a special stretcher for his drum heads.

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Note how he carefully uses a water bottle as a level to make sure he gets the tension even around the entire surface.  😄 he actually forgot his level and was improvising quite clever!

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He then drills 10 or 12 holes around the edges and puts a screw through both top and bottom to further hold the leather in place as it dries.

Done for the day.  To be continued……….

 

 

 

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