Barrels to be converted into taiko by Stanford Taiko members, 2004. Photo courtesy of Stanford Taiko.

 


Disassembled barrel staves, 2004. Photo courtesy of Stanford Taiko.

 


Dr. Roy Ebihara of Icho Daiko reconnecting barrel staves, Cleveland, Ohio, ca. 2003. Photo courtesy of Icho Daiko.

 


Mark Miyoshi carves inside of drum to improve its resonance, Mt. Shasta, California, ca. 2000. Photo courtesy of Mark Miyoshi.

 


Tatsumaki Taiko members reinforcing the rim of the barrel, Berkeley, California, ca. 2000. Photo courtesy of Tatsumaki Taiko.

 


Judi Murakami of Taiko Kaua`i sanding the the drum body, Waimea, Hawai`i, ca. 2003.

 


Icho Daiko members sanding drum bodies, Cleveland, Ohio, 2003. Photo courtesy of Icho Daiko.

 


Ray Arifuku of Clovis Heiwa Taiko staining the wood of a small taiko, Parlier, California, 1999. Photo courtesy of Ray Arifuku.

 


Newly varnished drum bodies and completed taiko by Kishin Daiko, Walnut, California, ca. 2005. Photo courtesy of Kishin Daiko.

 


Zenshin Daiko members Bill Uemura, Valerie Jones, and Tony Jones remove the hair from a fresh cowhide that will be used for their 5-foot-diameter hira-daiko, Kula, Hawai`i, 2004. Photo courtesy of Zenshin Daiko.

 


Stanford Taiko preparing the skin and sanding a barrel at a workshop with Zenshin Daiko, Kula, Hawai`i, 2004. Photo courtesy of Stanford Taiko.

 


Hawaii Matsuri Taiko members size the skin for their taiko. Wahiawa, Hawai`i, ca. 2000. Photo courtesy of Faye Komagata and Hawaii Matsuri Taiko.

 


Icho Daiko members Yukiko Ebara, Mari Kuroda, and Michael Reynolds preparing the skin for stretching, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002. Photo courtesy of Icho Daiko.

 


Taiko stretching rig constructed by Stanley Morgan of Mogan Daiko, Tucson, Arizona, ca. 2000. Photo courtesy of Stanley Morgan.

 


Burlington Taiko members preparing hydraulic jacks on their stretching rig, Burlington, Vermont, 1994. Photo courtesy of Burlington Taiko.

 


Hinode Taiko members placing their skin on the taiko body for stretching, Winnipeg, Canada. Photo courtesy of Pam Okano and Hinode Taiko.

 


Stanford Taiko members lacing the rope around dowels in preparation for stretching their drum head during a drum-making workshop with Zenshin Daiko, Kula, Hawai`i, 2004. Photo by Stephen M. Sano, courtesy of Stanford Taiko.

 


Alyssa Yoshida standing with the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Dharma School Taiko stretching rig, Palo Alto, California, 1995. Photo courtesy of Pam Murotsune.

 


Katari Taiko members preparing to stretch their drum head, Vancover, Canada, ca. 1980. Photo courtesy of Katari Taiko.

 


Chibi Taiko members adjusting tension of their stretching rig, Vancouver, Canada, 1997. Photo courtesy of Chibi Taiko.

 


Hikari Taiko member tightening the tension of the stretching rig, Cerritos, California, ca. 1995. Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Mayeda and Hikari Taiko.

 


Nen Daiko member checking the tension of the stretching rig, Fairfax Station, Virginia, ca. 2005. Photo courtesy of Nen Daiko.

 


Bombu Taiko members tightening the tension of their stretching rig, Los Angeles, California, 2003. Photo courtesy of Bombu Taiko.

 


Hinode Taiko members tightening the tension on their drum head, Winnipeg, Canada, 1983. Photo courtesy of Pam Okano and Hinode Taiko.

 


Tatsumaki Taiko stretching rig and taiko, Berkeley, California, ca. 2000. Photo courtesy of Tatsumaki Taiko.

 


Taiko Center of the Pacific student testing the tension on a taiko that is being reskinned, Honolulu, Hawai`i, ca. 2003. Photo courtesy of Taiko Center of the Pacific.

 


Hikari Taiko member tacking newly stretched drum head, Cerritos, California, ca. 1995. Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Mayeda and Hikari Taiko.

 


Burlington Taiko members Stuart Paton, Chuck Soul, and Jared Soul tacking the head of their new taiko. Courtesy of Burlington Taiko.

 


Johnny Mori of Kinnara Taiko trimming the excess skin off of a newly skinned taiko, Los Angeles, California, ca. 1993. Photo courtesy of Kevin Higa.