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Yesa
« on: January 11, 2008 11:17:22 AM »

First of all, if you don't know what didgeridoo is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didgeridoo
Basically it's a long, wooden pipe that resonates your sound when you blow air through it. It's an old musical instrument from Australian Aboriginal people.

After a long crafting hiatus I can proudly present my new creation. I took a course in local adult education centre where we made didgeridoos from tree trunks. They had only been dried and the branches chopped off ready for the course. It took the whole autumn, but it was fun and absolutely worth it!

My wood of choice was birch, and I'll tell you, it's hard, hard wood to work with...! The paints were made of iron oxide pigments, wood glue and water. Ok, enough with talking.







Here's a close up of the bee wax mouth piece:


It's about 1,42 meters (4,7 feet) long. I haven't learned to play it yet, but I'm getting there. Smiley Practice, practice...
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2008 11:32:35 AM »

That is just gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2008 11:39:39 AM »

 Cheesy  That is absolutely AWESOME!!!  Great job!  I wish you could add the sound effects to your post- I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2008 12:29:15 PM »

Wow I am SOO impressed - and it makes your lips feel REALLY funny playing (O:
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2008 12:36:14 PM »

my boyfriend and i were just wondering about making our own last night. he's pretty good at playing the dig. did you learn anything about different woods producing different sounds?
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2008 01:34:04 PM »

Thank you all for the nice comments! Smiley

Cheesy  That is absolutely AWESOME!!!  Great job!  I wish you could add the sound effects to your post- I love it!

Haha, if I made a sound sample, it would be just some desperate hissing... But I really love the real sound of didgeridoos.

Wow I am SOO impressed - and it makes your lips feel REALLY funny playing (O:

That's so true Smiley You can become a kid again and play funny sounds with your lips and mouth. The didgeridoo just makes them sound cool!

my boyfriend and i were just wondering about making our own last night. he's pretty good at playing the dig. did you learn anything about different woods producing different sounds?

Our instructor told something about different woods and that they could have some small effect to the sound, but the most important things are the shape, length and the condition of the didgerigoo (meaning that it can't have any holes that might leak air). Some experts might say that "wood X" is the only one to make a good didgeridoo, but I wouldn't be so strict about that.
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2008 02:08:28 PM »

the local expert around here said wood type was very important with respect to cracking - apparently a lot of woods will eventually split and ruin the sound. he went to australia last year to learn more and brought back ecalyptus for his, but its too damn expensive for me.

in any case, yours is beautiful - i really like the painting on it ^_^ it must have been so much work to hollow it out too...
best of luck learning to play! my boyfriend was blowing bubbles in a jar for weeks before he got the hang of circular breathing, but it was totally worth the effort.

Here's my boy playing in the park on one we found at a fair trade shop for cheap (we had to make our own beeswax mouthpiece).
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2008 02:58:07 PM »

Ooh that looks really neat!

the local expert around here said wood type was very important with respect to cracking - apparently a lot of woods will eventually split and ruin the sound.

Oh yeah, that's right. The woods we used had been drying for at least a year to prevent later cracking, and since they all were from local trees, they are already used to the conditions around here (I don't know if that matters much). And we put a coat of hot wood tar inside the didgeridoo, so it's waterproof and protected (that's why the wood looks a bit dirty inside).

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it must have been so much work to hollow it out too...

We used basic tools, so it took a long time. The only time we needed an electric machine was when we cut the trunk half to hollow it. Otherwise it's all pure muscle power and the touch of my hands. But I really enjoyed it! Usually I do small crafts and try to be careful with things. In the course when I took chisel to one hand and mallet to other and started to hit, I could empty my mind after a long day at school. To me it was like meditating.

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Thanks! Blowing bubbles in water is the easiest way to learn the circular breathing, I think. Sometimes I get it right, but it's still hard with the didgeridoo.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2008 12:18:16 AM »

That is really good! Great job!

We went to a aboriginal walk thingy in December and this guy played the didgeridoo for us. He made animal sounds and played songs. It was really interesting.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2008 08:59:41 AM »

that's a sweet looking didj! was it drilled or was it split in two and emptied? and what tools did you use?

sorry for the questions, but I'm tired of the sound of my abs didgeridoos and i'm looking for some info to make a wooden one!
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