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« on: May 25, 2005 12:08:07 AM »

Ok, this is my boyfriend's tale, but it's so good I had to share it and since he's my boyfriend it's practically mine anyway.

A couple years ago my boy, Jake,  got the urge to make his own didgeridoo (long, tubular instrument of Australian origins).  This is done by taking a long (about 4 feet) piece of pvc pipe and molding a mouthpiece/insert out of paraffin wax.  Being the sweet, innocent, totally non-crafty type, he had no idea how to melt wax.  His friend was over helping him, stirring the wax while he cut the pvc pipe.  Jake went out to the garage to get a saw and his friend came out to tell him she had to leave and the wax was on the stove (NOT in a double boiler, might I add).  About 10 seconds later Jake returned to the kitchen to find the wax on fire.  My darling Jake panicked...he grabbed a mug of water from the counter and - yes - threw it on the firey wax.  Well we all know what happens when water hits hot wax - flames shot up from the pan, up the stove, and across the ceiling, leaving the walls and ceiling covered in black ash.  Jake, with the mug still in hand, ran outside to his friend who was still getting ready to leave.  He yelled something like "call 911!" and then for no apparent reason threw the mug on the ground, smashing it.  I'm not even sure he turned the heat off during any of this.  He returned to his kitchen to find the fire almost gone and the kitchen walls and ceiling incredibly burnt.  He then recruited the help of several of his friends to scrub the walls, but to no avail - they had to repaint.  He hasn't tried to make a didgeridoo (or anything, come to think of it) since.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005 07:22:18 PM »

thats WONDERFUL! well, wonderfully funny. As for the didgeridoo-perhaps he's better to buy one online...

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005 07:26:19 PM »

Oh my God!  That is so funny!  I esp. laughed about him just throwing the mug to the ground!  Poor thing.  Didgeridoos are so cool.  Will you make one for him?

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005 07:43:01 PM »

Oh my gosh, your poor guy! Kind of funny, how a seemingly simple craft can go awry....silly people.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2005 01:21:03 AM »

If it's any consolation, pvc didges sound terrible
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2005 05:45:35 AM »

Wow. I wanted a didjeridoo once and I just went down to the hardware store and had them cut me a piece of pvp pipe. I never thought to make a mouthpiece. It worked just fine.

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2005 07:35:49 PM »

Yeah, I think Jake used the hardest possible method.  According to him lining the top with wax and forming a mouthpiece makes it sound a little better.  Ah well, live and learn I suppose.
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2005 12:24:43 AM »

Actually, it's a much better idea to use beeswax for the mouth piece.  I made a didge out of pvc and just chipped little pieces of wax into a custard cup with water in it and heated it for a bit in the microwave.  Took quite a while to do, but without any fire.  Wink

And yeah.. the pvc ones don't sound all that great, but they are cheap to make and good enough to learn on.  I later bought a bamboo one, which sounds much better.  Of course, I still can't really play.  I'd get so dizzy trying to learn circular breathing that I finally just gave up.  Although, every once in a while I like to get it out.. sneak up behind my husband, put it right up behind his ear and give it a good blow!  Hee hee heeee

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