Cedar didgeridoo "buildalong"...

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Cedar didgeridoo "buildalong"...

The Burnt Hill Archer
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June 22nd, 2008, 10:13 am #1

Actually more like a follow allong, cause im still not 100% sure what im doing with these. Well my first didge didnt turn out to bad, so i decided to try another. and i figured while im at it, ill take pictures along the way. its only my 2nd didge, and my first "buildalong" so bear with me. and ill deffinately take tips and pointers along the way, so please help me throught this... i can tell this is going to take a while too, so check back everyonce and a while if you like...

Anyhow here we go...
This is my "stave" that im going to be working with. Its northern white cedar. about 5 feet long right now. and it has a nice bell at the end. something my other one didnt. this one is also larger diameter than my first, so ill taper it from the bell end to the mouth piece.

here are some preliminary pics of the "stick". and one of it and my helper...


russ and the didge to be...




ill be getting to this hopefully sometime this week, so untill then... thanks for looking!


Phil
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August 5th, 2008, 11:18 pm #2

Phil,nice piece of wood.
Cedar is nice to work with.
Maybe you will inspire me.
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August 6th, 2008, 2:04 pm #3

thanks, lifes kinda put this project on the backburner for now, i did get it cut/split in half the other day. as soon as time permits ill get some pics. and its good to split, hollow, and glue it back together all in the same day, but i didnt have time, so i clamped the two halfs down so they wouldnt warp too much.

Phil


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December 1st, 2008, 9:31 am #4

Hello all,
my expirience wit didge making:
I split a green ash "stave" hollow it, glue it back together with polyurethane glue, turned out well, as it dried it warped and I ended up with a nice warped didge (after some days). Maybie I was lucky that glue was holding on. But mistake was making it too short and it has somewhat high sound. Will try to get a pic.
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December 1st, 2008, 6:46 pm #5

thanks for the info Boris. id like to see it, how did you hollow it out?

im sorry to everyone for not getting back to this, but life has gotten in the way. i should be able to get back to making all sorts of things after christmas. thanks for your patience!

Phil


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December 2nd, 2008, 9:30 am #6

I will have to go to see my ex girlfriend :P and take a photo of it. No bigie I was going to go anyway
I hollowed it with chisel, and I didn't have rounded chisel but flat one, so the hole is kind of squareish but I think that is not a problem. I also have one eucaliptus didge that my sister gave me. It was partially hollowed by ants and finished by someone. That was somewhat poorly done so it had a couple holes near the mouthpiece. I fixed it with epoxi resin mixed with talk. I can get pictures of that one tomorow.
I am sure I have a picture of that ash one somewhere on my computer (I am at work now), I will bring it tomorow. BTW it was my first also.
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December 4th, 2008, 9:26 am #7

And here are the pictures finaly:
Eucaliptus one with epoxi patches:








And ash one that I made:



You can see the slight warp that occured while drying





and some decorations in the bark





Hope this helps.
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December 4th, 2008, 5:20 pm #8

man thoes are great! i love the carvings, very well done. thanks for the visuals.

Phil


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December 5th, 2008, 9:14 am #9

Your welcome Phil.
Would love to see that Cedar piece droning soon
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December 6th, 2008, 1:09 pm #10

me too believe me. all this talk about didges lately is gettin me itchy!


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January 2nd, 2009, 2:18 pm #11

well as promised, its now the new year and im finnaly getting back to the build. again, my apologies for not getting to it sooner.

so what ive done so far is ive sawn the stave in half on my table saw, marked out where i will be taking wood off, and i started carving out the inside. my folks got me a great tool for christmas this year, its a carving disk with many little sharp spikes all the way around. does quite a number to this soft cedar. i would have liked to carve it out by hand, but i havnt got a gouge big enough.

anyhow, here is the way i marked it out. the mouth end hole is goiing to start out at 1", which i will enlarge to fit my mouth later. keep this 1" for about 2", then taper out to about 1 1/2". take this all the way down to about 8" from the foot end and flare it out to the wall thickness. kinda confusing to explain, but dont worry ive got pictures...

ive only got about 1/3rd of the one half carved, so this is all i can post right now. more to come!

Phil

the "power split" stave:


the mouth end marked out:


the foot end with the flare:


and the two views from the end:






my nifty carving tool put in a drill press:


how it works:


and the progress so far:


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January 2nd, 2009, 2:20 pm #12

on a side note, i found it easier to carve just inside the lines the entire length, then go to actually carving the channel.


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April 24th, 2009, 5:16 pm #13

Great build-along! I like that grinding wheel. I need one of those! I could also use the same sort of thing to go on the end of one of those drill bit extension things - like a grinding cone! I've seen them on line and can see how helpful they would be.

Thanks Phil. Can't wait to watch the progress and see the final didge.

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November 23rd, 2009, 11:21 am #14

did you ever finish it??
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December 7th, 2009, 5:02 am #15

no im afraid i havnt. life has seriously gotten in the way of me finishing anything lately... hopefully after the first of the year, or maybe a little into feb. ill be getting caught up. but untill then, everything is pretty much on hold.

sorry to everyone for taking so long on this...

Phil


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May 4th, 2010, 4:41 pm #16

well its almost 2 years since i started this, but im finnaly getting close to being done. its kinda nice not having a deadline for this, but sorry for kepping ya'll waiting.

i got it glued up with polly glue yesterday, and i got pictures of the process. i got the glue from an Ace Hardware store, but im sure you could get it in any hardware store in with all the construction glue.











 ill hopefully be getting it unclamped today, and start to rough it out.

Phil


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May 4th, 2010, 10:37 pm #17

here is my progress as of this afternoon. i rasped out the mouthpiece to what fit, not sure right now how big it is. EDIT: (i just measured it and its exactly 1 3/8") this one sounds much better than my last one. much deeper and easier to circular breath with. i also started to narrow down the upper part with a hatchet. i took a video of me whittleing on it, but my camera is being dumb, and it wont let me upload it. if i figure out how, ill post it. anyhow, here is where im at for today.














still much work to do, but getting closer.

Phil
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May 5th, 2010, 1:17 am #18

just got the video uploaded. not much, just basically showiing how to remove controled amounts of wood with a hatchet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oombo4hO2mU

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May 7th, 2010, 11:30 am #19

got a little more done yesterday. i got it sanded and ready to be painted, and got the inside sealed. i had read on a couple of didge forums that you could use the resin that you use in **** auto repairs. and it just so happened that i had some on hand. i didnt get any pics of me doing it, but basically all you do is mix it up, and pour it in from the ends. you have to be rotating it so that it will coat all of the sides. they say you should keep rotating it untill its set up, but i didnt have time so after i got all the inside coated, i just hung it over a box in my shop. it took about 12oz to do mine. i had to mix up a second batch, cause i wasnt sure how much i would need, and only mixed up about 5oz to start.

it sounds MUCH better now, holds a drone better, and the vocals are alot clearer. so next it the artwork. this is prolly gonna take a while, but ill post pics as i get things done.












here you can see how much ran out, but i fugure its better to have to much than not enough.

Phil


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September 21st, 2010, 4:58 am #20

Nice doonis i just happened along this thread while looking at another one. Nice work all round.

Just one comment, omidivid: you might find playing easier if you build up the mouthpiece so it sticks out proud of the end, hard to explain, but it usually extends beyond the end of the dooni. this way your lips are more mobile while playing, not stuck in the tube so to speak. This is one of the keys for good circular breathing.
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