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This didge is made from an 80 year old apple tree that fell in a wind storm near my shop. I let the wood dry and cure out for 4+ years before crafting it. While it was curing, some unique spalting occurred leaving behind a signature of beautiful patterns in the wood…
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About this instrument:
This didge is made from an 80 year old apple tree that fell in a wind storm near my shop. I let the wood dry and cure out for 4+ years before crafting it. While it was curing, some unique spalting occurred leaving behind a signature of beautiful patterns in the wood.
This didge has good backpressure and a “clean” overall sound. The trumpets notes are accessible and easy to hit. It has a medium bore diameter in the top end flaring out to a large 7″ bell. I carved this didge so it has fairly thin wall thickness in hopes for increased resonance, I learned a lot in the process. The thin walls and density of this wood gives it a “soft” feel, more like an agave didge than a hardwood. Its also very light weight which is nice.
All of the hardwood didjeridus I make is made from scavenged wood or drift wood. Any exotic wood I use either scavenged remnants from other wood workers or scraps I purchase and mill myself. All of the wood I collect is age cured until it is ready to work.
I use the split and hollow technique on most of the hardwood didjeridu’s I craft. The short description of this technique: shaping the cured log with a variety of hand and power tools, carefully splitting the log with an industrial band saw and carving each half to specific bore dimensions and geometry using carving wheels, sanding drums, blood, sweat and the occasional tear:) Many hours goes into this process. Quality craftsmanship and making the best sounding/playing instrument as possible is always my goal!
I finish all of my instruments inside and out with a high quality, zero VOC epoxy resin. This finish is non toxic when cured and has virtually no out gassing. This is the most durable, longest lasting finish to use. Its waterproof too. After the finish cures, I fine sand the exterior and hand polish the instrument using either oils and polishing compounds or a wipe on poly.
Wood type: Apple
Trumpets: Eb,Bb, Eb, G
Length: 73 1/2″
Mouthpiece: 1 3/16″ I.D. walnut, wenge, and bass wood
Weight: About 3.5lbs
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