On Sep 10, 2012, in the FiberSen thread, Kyle wrote:
The semi-traditional method I use takes too long. I think a contraption which Taichi uses (that stretches the skin first, and then you lift the dou up to it… two separate operations… )
On my shamisen #2, I experimented with such an approach to applying the skins. First, the skin was stretched over a frame, inspired by the way banjo skins are installed. Then the glue was applied to the dou, and the two were pressed together. I posted some photos on Facebook:
I spent quite a bit of time making (and remaking) the stretching form. The form was unnecessarily complicated because I squeezed it around the 12" skins I already had. It would have been much easier to work with 14" skins (mid-east.com sells both 12" and 14" calfskins). It ended up looking kind of Rube-Goldberg-esque, but it worked.
Applying the skins using this form was much less stressful than the “traditional” method, and produced just as good a result. I’m curious how this compares with Taichi-san’s method. Has anyone else reported a similar process? If anyone is inclined to experiment further along this line, please post your results.