Creative reuse is a big theme every year at Maker Faire, and this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place this weekend at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, is no exception. A group of taiko drummers from Wadaiko Newark are going to be on-site demonstrating how they make gorgeous taiko drums from reclaimed wine barrels. One of the group’s founding members, Terry Eustice, shared some insight with us.
1. Tell us about the project(s) you’re bringing to Maker Faire.
We’re bring 2 projects to Maker Faire. The first is part of the Educational Program on Friday. We’ll be teaching the children attending how to play taiko drums. In a 15-minute session they will learn the basic beats and a simple, fun song.
The second project is the main display during the full two days of Maker Faire. We’ll be demonstrating how to remake old wine barrels into taiko drums: disassembling, clean up, strengthening, gluing and reassembling, finishing, and stretching the drum head.
We plan on completing at least one drum over the weekend and will have other completed drums on hand to perform with.
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