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How to Make a Wooden Didgeridoo

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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Health and Safety

Health and Safety

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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - What is Wood Part 1

What is Wood Part 1

An introduction to the why's what's and wherefore's of timber, how it grows and what the different parts of it are.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - What is Wood Part 2

What is Wood Part 2

A progression from the previous page, covering different aspects of what is timber.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Sourcing Timber

Sourcing 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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Selecting Timber

Selecting Timber

What to look for when selecting a piece of timber, how to choose the right piece of wood for your project.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Seasoning Timber

Seasoning Timber

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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Initial Shaping

Initial Shaping

The first stage is to shape the timber into the shape of the didge to come, a critical stage in making a didgeridoo.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Cutting in Half

Cutting in Half

Having shaped the timber it is now ready to be cut in half. Video tutorial to help go through the process.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Hollow

Hollow

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).

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Glue and Clamp

Glue and Clamp

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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Glues

Glues

Different glues for different jobs, or different glues to do the same job.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Sealing the Bore

Sealing the Bore

This section explains about sealing the bore of the didgeridoo to help protect the bore from moisture yet retain a natural sound.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

Crafting the mouthpiece is extremely important as it not only affects the sound, but also determines how comfortable playing will be.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Bell

Bell

Crafting the bell of the didgeridoo is very important as it affects the sound as well as the volume and can change the pitch.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Tuning

Tuning

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.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Sanding and Finishing

Sanding and Finishing

Finishing your didge to make it look good and protected from moisture, knocks and bumps.

How to Make a Wooden Didge - Tools and Equipment

Tools and Equipment

These are the tools I use in making my didgeridoos, for reference and information. I will soon be selling the tools on this website.

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