Kawahari (Calf Skin)
Jessica Dowd has been training herself in the art of Kawahari using instructions in Shamisen of Japan, and has been professionally skinning shamisen for many years. Jessica has good craftsmanship and takes great care in her work. Her material is calf skin which offers a warm, mellow tone.
Some dear friends of mine in Tokyo finally found a Shamisen for me that had the skin damaged, but as missionaries, funds are limited. It was built in 1944, and now I couldn’t be more proud. Thank you Jessica for doing the repair and getting me hooked up! I’m so thrilled!!! – Craig
Jessica’s Skinning Rate – $99
Price includes cost for return shipping.
To arrange a skin replacement, please contact: superfrog1979 (at) gmail (dot) com
- Sound Quality: Calf skin produces a great sound for shamisen. It tends to be warmer and you get a full range of “flavors”, sound-wise. It sounds the best on nagauta shamisen. Note: the density of calf skin is different from Vintage Tone™ (goat skin specially prepared for shamisen), which is a bit denser. Though it will have a slightly different, it still has great tone.
Watch Bachido member Takahashi-san play a nagauta shamisen skinned with calf skin (Kawahari by Jessica)
Note:Generally, a stretched calf skin will turn completely opaque, but sometimes there may be a spot that remains semi-transparent. It’s a natural part of the skin, and won’t affect the sound.