“Red Thunder” made by Keith Hicks of Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko
Keith Hicks made “Red Thunder” from 98 pieces of 2×4, cut to 44 inches in length. He angle cut the 2×4’s to make staves, and glued them together. Before being shaped and sanded the body weighed in at 400 pounds! Try turning that drum while you are working on it. Keith made this rig to turn the body while being shaped and sanded.
Here Keith is working the body into shape. He said he used a gallon of glue to join the staves, and spent about 100 days working on his O-daiko body.
The end result – “Red Thunder” at Kaminari Taiko’s rehearsal. The final stats for Keith’s O-daiko: 275 pounds, 44 inches long, and 40 inches in diameter (44 inches at the belly). Keith says “Red Thunder” has been heard at a distance of 2.5 miles. Microphones! We don’t need no stinking microphones!
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