Anyone who has been to one of the annual fall concerts by
Asian American drumming group
will agree that they are exhilarating experiences. But few know that
the preparation for the show begins months in advance, with the annual
summer re-skinning of drums and the building of new drums.
In summer 2000, I had the opportunity to help the group build a new oh-daiko (large drum), using the Japanese American technique of converting a wine barrel. Here are some images and explanations of the steps involved.
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Page first posted on 23 July 2000