Learn To Craft A Didgeridoo

Originating from Australia, the didgeridoo is considered to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. It is believed that they were first created and used by the indigenous Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal name for the didgeridoo is yidaki, and they use it for ceremony, signalling and dreamtime story telling.

The digeridoo is one of the simplest musical instruments to make. It produces sound when you use your lips to create a vibration against a back pressure of air inside the hollowed-out piece of wood.

In its native land the didgeridoo is made from Eucalyptus trees. The tree is hollowed out by tiny termites who build their homes (aka mounds) close to Eucalyptus trees so they can eat out the soft centre of the tree, one of their primary food sources. The Aborigines look for these trees next to termite mounds. They then simply knock on the tree listening for a hollow sound. If it is hollow, it is cut, and in most cases is ready to play.

In the western world it is not so easy. We have no termites and to introduce them for the purposes of making a didgeridoo would be detrimental to the wood and timber industry.

So…. to make your didgeridoo you will have to use specialist equipment, tools and techniques to split the wood, bore out the center and re-fix back together. I can show you how!

Day 1
Workshop safety brief
Introduction to the didgeridoo
Wood selection
Splitting the wood
Carving out the bore
Glueing
Day 2
Sanding and shaping
Oiling
Fixing wax mouth piece
Circular breathing instruction & techniques
Learning to play your didgeridoo

 

Timetable

8.30 am – Meet, tea and coffee
9.00 am – Start
17.30 pm – Finish

Lunch break can be taken at any time

 

Additional Info

Skill level: Beginner
No of Students: 1 – 2
Instructor: Chris Hore