Agave Didjeridu key: Eb painted by Leighton Blackwell


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About this instrument:

Hand painted by my brother Leighton Blackwell. Leighton is a talented, successful artist from Newport, Oregon. His inspiration mostly comes from ocean life and habitat (as the painting of a Cabazon fish on this didge would suggest). Leighton’s work has developed quite the following on the central Oregon coast and beyond. I’m honored he would paint a didge I crafted!

Playing characteristics:

This didge has strong back pressure. The medium/tight inside bore on the top end gradually tapers to the large 6″ bell. The large bell gives the didge plenty of volume and accentuates the overall sound. This didge has pretty steady characteristics suiting a variety of playing styles. Vocals pronounce nicely, clear harmonics and good response to percussive style playing. It plays and feels just an agave should with good resonance and volume. Lightweight and easy to play.

Crafting technique:

I harvested this agave stalk in the south west region of the U.S.. When I harvest Agave, its a very important time and experience for me. It not only gives me the opportunity to explore the desert in search of prime Didjeridu stalks, but also allows for personal spiritual connectedness throughout the entire crafting process. I only harvest Agave that is finished with its cycle and spent. I also spread any seeds left in the pods to help with the regeneration of the plant. I carefully hollow out the didge with a bore and burn technique. I use some home made tools, chisels, rasps, drill bits and fire..

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.


Drone note: Eb

Trumpets: F, C, F#

Length: 64″

Bell end: 6″

Weight: about 4lbs

Mouthpiece: 1 3/16″ I.D. paduk, zebra and bass wood

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