DIY Shishi Odoshi

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Introduction: DIY Shishi Odoshi

I really like my mini pond. Pigeons like it too so I thought a Shishi Odoshi (Japanese for "scaredeer") could be a great solution to keep them away. In addition, it looks great.

You need

  • 2 meter/6.5ft of bamboo (around 5cm/2inch thick)
  • a small solar pump (you can get it here)
  • silicone hose for the pump
  • pivot rod
  • strong glue (e.g. UHU Kraft)

By the way, there is a previous instructable of mine on how to build a mini pond.

Step 1: Cut the Bamboo

First you need to cut the bamboo. I used a Japanese saw which made it easy. You need to cut

  • 2 legs with the same length, the top is cut with a 45 degree angle
  • 1 center tube with one end cut with a 45 degree angle; the node of the bamboo needs to be close to the middle of the tube to hold the water; it also needs to be slightly more next to the outlet as we will later on drill holes for the pivot rod
  • 1 crosspiece, both ends are cut with a 45 degree angle; it should be slightly longer than both legs and the center tube

Step 2: Insert the Center Tube

Next you need to insert the center tube using a pivot rod

  • Drill a hole trough the center piece, it should be slightly off the middle in order to fill up with water before it tilts; make sure you do not drill trough the node of the bamboo, as it will hold the water
  • Drill a hole in each leg to insert the pivot rod
  • Finally test if the center piece will turn freely

Step 3: Add the Silicone Hose

Now you need to prepare the water supply

  • Drill a hole on the bottom of one leg to insert the silicone hose; I used that side of the leg which faces towards the wall.
  • Insert the silicone hose and pull it to the top
  • Drill a hole in the middle of the crosspiece; insert the hose and push it through the hole;
  • Now you can finish the frame and glue the legs and the crosspiece together. I have used UHU Kraft.
  • The hose ends in a water spout, I have used bamboo to cover the hose;

Step 4: Install You Shishi Odoshi

  • Fix the frame to your mini pond;
  • Install the solar water pump in your pond. Cover the hose with plants and stones; Connect to the hose of the Shishi Odoshi;
  • When the sun is shining, water should flow through the hose over the water spout into the centerpiece; after filling up, it should tilt.
  • Tip: you can add weigth at the end of the centerpiece to control how much water is needed before tilting.

You are finished! Enjoy your beautiful mini pond with a Shishi Odoshi!

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    15 Discussions

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    gadgeteer123
    gadgeteer123

    1 year ago

    Nicely done. But I think you are missing the main attraction of this Japanese custom. Each time the Shishi Odoshi empties, it should make a pleasing thumping sound against a rock. It is more of an audio experience than a visual one. You put it together nicely, not knowing Japanese customs.

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    Reply 1 year ago

    It makes the sound, hear video at 2:33.

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    1 year ago

    Hi, your video is not allowed to be played on third party pages (aka here) due to the owner's Youtube settings.

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    Unboxingexperience7
    Unboxingexperience7

    Reply 1 year ago

    Are you sure? It's working for me and hosting on 3rd party sites is enabled...

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    Reply 1 year ago

    See screenshot. May I ask another question: the hose says 1,5 x 6 mm on one picture. So it has a 6 mm inner diameter with 1,5 mm walls?

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    Unboxingexperience7
    Unboxingexperience7

    Reply 1 year ago

    Does it work now? It was enabled in youtube's old creator studio but not in the new one... seems like a bug. Right, 1.5mm seems to be the wall thickness but it is probably 8mm in diameter.

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    needfulthing
    needfulthing

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes, now it works :)

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    Uglemor
    Uglemor

    Question 1 year ago

    It's very nice. I would build one myself if it works. Does it? I mean did it scare the doves away?

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    kmpres
    kmpres

    1 year ago

    Very nicely done! I plan to make one when we move into our new home in a few months. The shishi-odoshi I have seen often have a rock placed under the bamboo spout so when it empties the heavy end strikes the rock giving a nice bamboo "thunk" sound. This is what scares off the inoshishi (wild boars) and shika (deer). No Japanese garden should be without one.

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    JohnT436
    JohnT436

    1 year ago

    Looks great would be helpful if you could post the measurement of the lengths you cut the bamboo before assembly thanks

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    audreyobscura
    audreyobscura

    1 year ago

    This came out great!

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    Unboxingexperience7

    Hi all! If you like this instructable feel free to vote for it in the backyard contest! Thanks!