Drum Building Guides


Stanford Taiko has put together an excellent guide to building a?nagadō-daiko, based on techniques used by Tony Jones of Zenshin Daiko in Maui, Hawaii. Go here to check it out.

J.D. Andrade chronicled his experiences creating a nagadō-daiko on his blog, The Lonely Drummer.

Members of Stockton taiko have created a website dedicated to building taiko – to be more specific, nagadō-daiko. Visit maketaikodrums.com to check it out. It also inlcudes links to other drum making websites. Additionally, they’ve created a video about the process:


J.D. Andrade detailed his 1.5 month shime-daiko-building project on his blog, The Lonely Drummer. Check it out here.

ShinDaiko has written an article describing how to make a shime-daiko suwari-dai. You can find it on the ShinDaiko website.


ShinDaiko has written a two-part series explaining how to make an okedō-daiko, as well as created videos to accompany the articles. Follow the links below:
Part 1 Part 2

Practice Drums

The Genki Spark has documented their adventures in making practice okedō-daiko, uploading the results to the group’s Facebook page.

Tatsumaki Taiko Studio has uploaded to their website a guide for making practice drums using tires.

Walter Tsushima has uploaded to his YouTube account video guides to making tire taiko:

Chung Wan Choi?has created the website DIY Taiko, where he has chronicled and documented her efforts to create “effective practice drums made of simple materials found in recycling center and hardware store.” The website currently features DIY guides for practice nagado-daiko on naname stands, o-daiko, shime-daiko, and atarigane.

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