How I make my wooden didgeridoos
How to Make a Wooden Didgeridoo
Part 1 - Introduction
Step-by-step Guide to Making a Wooden Didgeridoo
A guide on how to make a wooden didgeridoo in a step by step process with photos and videos. Broken down into seperate sections you can find out exactly what goes into making one of my split wood didgeridoos.
If you've never made a didge you can learn how from start to finish, if you have already made your own didgeridoo, it may help with some useful information.
I have produced a number of videos (in HD) to help with making a didgeridoo where I have taken two logs and gone through the entire making process.
A quick mention about health and safety and things that go bump in the night. I know it may sound boring but could safe your life, take it seriously.
An introduction to the why's what's and wherefore's of timber, how it grows and what the different parts of it are.
A progression from the previous page, covering different aspects of what is timber.
If you want to make a didgeridoo, where do you get the wood from? (trees ha ha!) Here's some advice on getting hold of the right timber.
What to look for when selecting a piece of timber, how to choose the right piece of wood for your project.
If timber does not season properly it can warp, split, crack and generally be a nuisance to work with, here's some advice on what to do.
The first stage is to shape the timber into the shape of the didge to come, a critical stage in making a didgeridoo.
Having shaped the timber it is now ready to be cut in half. Video tutorial to help go through the process.
This is the fun bit - hollowing out the didge, cutting out all that you don't need leaving you with a hollowed out didge (albeit in two halves).
Having cut and hollowed your didge its time to glue the two halves together, you will need to clamp the wood together for a good bond.
Different glues for different jobs, or different glues to do the same job.
This section explains about sealing the bore of the didgeridoo to help protect the bore from moisture yet retain a natural sound.
Crafting the mouthpiece is extremely important as it not only affects the sound, but also determines how comfortable playing will be.
Crafting the bell of the didgeridoo is very important as it affects the sound as well as the volume and can change the pitch.
Fiddly part of the process, tinkering with the instrument a little here, a little there to create the sound that you want from the didjeridu.
Finishing your didge to make it look good and protected from moisture, knocks and bumps.
These are the tools I use in making my didgeridoos, for reference and information. I will soon be selling the tools on this website.