So what’s involved in making my didges?
Every instrument I make is guaranteed to last you a lifetime if taken care of correctly. It will last you for decades without splits in the timber or cracks and fading in the finish. All my didges are 100% made by myself from start to finish, they are all carved by hand with antique wood working tools and are all carefully hand chiselled with a series of specially made chisels I’ve forged and the didmi is then fine tuned on the inside for maximum performance.
So what type of tree is it? & where does it come from?
Most of the wood I use is the Darwin Wooli Butt eucalyptus, or eucalyptus miniata. This timber grows in abundance all over the top end of the NT in Australia. It gets this name “wooli butt” from the way the bark looks like on the tree. The wooli butt grows in tropical savannah woodland areas that have always had fires in the dry season. Most bush fires up nth aren’t like the ones in the south that can burn extremely hot and fierce. These seasonal fires up the top end are regularly started naturally from lightning and burn fast and low, often with fronts that are only a few metres deep.
So what got me into making didjis?
Already being a songwriter and musician, I wanted many different key didgeridoos to suit my music, but couldn’t afford to buy them all, so I travelled further up the cape of nth Qld, over to the top end of the NT and as far as western Australia to find didgeridoo makers that would show me how to craft these awesome things and how to find the correctly eaten termite hollowed wood in the Australian bush-lands. It was a joyous, lengthy and often a very frustrating and difficult task which spanned a few years of travelling…
How is a didgeridoo priced?
There are a number of contributing factors involved in how I may price or categorise a didgeridoo from a top professional player to a beginner stick. Firstly and most importantly of course, is the sound quality and playability of the instrument. This is above all the most important part of pricing a didgeridoo!
How did I discover the didgeridoo?
We’ve all got our own story of how we were introduced to the didgeridoo and how we fell in love with it. My didgeridoo journey began around 2003 when travelling up far nth Qld by myself. I was fishing one night off a small bridge in the middle of nowhere just nth of Inisvale, and not catching many fish either! It was there that a fellow fisherman turned up out of the blue to throw a line in as well. He happened to have a didgeridoo with him in the back of his ute and began to play
it as we fished…
My ethics, philosophy’s and experiences in didgeridoo making…
I’ve a firm belief that a high quality playing instrument that will last you for a lifetime should be
available to everyone from beginner to professional, and not just for those who can afford to pay in
excess of a thousand dollars, so I craft a range of sticks from lower more affordable priced didges,
to your more expensive, special high end professional playing sticks. All of my sticks are superbly
crafted with much time, patience and love placed into them.