Why should i buy a Tukituki Instruments Cajón? Because you can be sure to own a top quality instrument, built with dedication to the crafting and prototyping of the Cajón since 2009, and other instruments as far back as 1999.  I’ve built hundreds of drums and have excellent customer satisfaction.  Locally made in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region of Aotearoa, New Zealand. I’m a musician and woodworker who knows his stuff and follows his dreams.  Buying from me means you get direct support from the manufacturer,  i’m down the road or directly contactable online.  No shortcuts, seriously, it costs me a lot to source the best materials i can get hold of.  Birch plywood, some of the best and strongest stuff out there.  For years i’ve worked alongside timber veneerers to make my own plywood for the Tapa (front playing surface), most other makers will use a cheap sheets of plywood which don’t have the right strength/flexibility/thickness combo to give the best dynamic bass and snare response. My design has developed through consultation with Flamenco Cajón players (from Arte Kanela in Melbourne and others) and performing musicians, I myself am a musician first and foremost playing Keyboards, Guitars, Banjo, Cajón with Joe Blossom, Urbantramper, Amiria Grenell, The Swan Sisters and many more.  Purchasing an instrument from someone who doesn’t know how to play it, and whom approaches instrument making from a furniture or construction perspective is not recommended.  Instrument making is a fine art, and a good instrument is a thing of beauty and intricate design. Here are some Testimonials:

With this instrument, I have the capability of producing an exceptional array of colors and can project above a Symphony Orchestra.

Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome drum!! It arrived on Friday morning and I can’t stop playing it! The sound is amazing!Can’t wait to play it again! Thanks again and appreciate the quality instrument you’ve created 🙂

I love the cajon mate, you’ve done a really nice job of finishing it and the sound is great. I feel like it’s playing into itself and changing already…for the better.


Where can I buy one of your instruments? Through my website! Or here…

Will you teach me how to make a Cajón?! I tried to build one and it was hard 🙂 Yes of course! This is something I really enjoy doing.  I am always looking for places to hold workshops on building and playing your own Cajón, and I prefer doing this in a group setting.  Please be in touch if you are interested.  Schools, community groups, all welcome if we can find a space. Contact Me  

What about that crazy word ‘Cajón’? Cajón – Pronounced “kah-Hon” means box or draw in Spanish.  Since the instrument comes from Peru originally, that is the work we use for it.  A ‘J’ in spanish is pronounced like an ‘H’ in english.  It has a ´ above the ‘ó’ because that is where the emphasis goes. Cajones – Pronounced “kah-Hon-es” Is the plural of Cajón. Cojones – means testicles in spanish and sounds unfortunately a lot like Cajones Cajun – is the name given to the French-American culture in the southern state of Louisiana USA, it has nothing to do with the Cajón Cahoon – sounds dumb and is not a word 🙂 Jones – is my last name so i often write my name as Phill caJones!  

What about that crazy word ‘Tukituki’? Tukituki – Pronounced “Tu-kee-Two-kee”, is the name of a river in New Zealand near my family’s house.  It is a Maori word which, incidentally means to continuously pummel something!

The nitty gritty of Cajón building: Why don’t you put pedals on them like some other brands? I like building Cajón drums to a high quality so that they are dynamic and sensitive.  That way there are no gizmos or fiddley parts that could go wrong, or become out-of-fashion.  I love seeing what people can do with their hands on the Cajón.  If you want a drum-kit-in-a-box which you can play guitar on top of and become a one-man-band, perhaps look at another brand of box-drum, or purchase a pedal system specifically for the Cajón (@$250).  For me, hands-on is where it’s at and there are so many subtleties and original techniques possible that way.  When I do need to play with a pedal I hook up a system where I use a regular drum kick pedal, attach it to a square of carpet and put the Cajon on the carpet.  You can sit on it this way and use your heal to kick, or just have it sitting in front of you like a regular kit bass drum.  

How is a ‘Drum Wire Snare” different from a “Guitar String Snare” in a Cajón? Drum snare wires are those coiled wire strands you see under a drum-kit snare.  They are used in many modern Cajón drums.  They are relatively sensitive to play and good sounding if the Cajón is well made, but they could also be described as more 2-dimensional and simple sounding when compared to a high-quality String-Snare Cajón.  Guitar strings have been used as the snare sound inside a Cajón since Spanish Flamenco musicians incorporated the Cajón into their music around the 1970’s.  The String-Snare sound is crisp and dynamic, the snare sounds different with different hand techniques.  The strings can be tensioned tighter and looser to provide a ‘wet’ buzz, or ‘dry’ snap sound.  

How much money does it cost you, and how much time does it take to make a Cajón? It takes about 16 hours per drum over several days.  It is hard to calculate because there is a lot of running around sourcing the best materials and stocking up the workshop.  It costs about $100-$140NZ for materials for each full-sized Cajón.  

400 Bucks for a plywood box?? Try a cheap Cajón, then try mine.  ‘Nuff said.  

Any more questions? give me a bell 🙂 Contact Me