Didgeridoo 183, Conifer in D.
This is the first didgeridoo I have made using a piece of Conifer and I must say I am well chuffed with the finished instrument.
Keyed at D with a C# overtone this didgeridoo has a 30mm diameter mouthpiece leading down its 185cm length to a bell 10x10.5cm in diameter and weighs in at 3.8kg.
The sound is quite deep and pleasingly resonant and the drone has a nice ring to it. Tooting the overtone is easy whether slow or fast and vocals both loud and soft sound great. Bending/lowering the pitch works particularly effectively and as the bell is not to big the resulting sound is very rich.
As this was the first piece of Conifer I had used to make a didgeridoo, I was not sure what to expect - when making this instrument I found the grain very awkward to work so made the walls slightly thicker to offset any weakness in the timber. Although difficult to work the finished results are most definitely worth it. Not only does the didge play and sound like a dream but the colour and grain of the wood are really beautiful – the photos do not do it justice!
Gathered near Arundel, West Sussex, on the South Downs, this Conifer didgeridoo has been sealed and finished with a combination of Tung oil, Danish oil and wax. The bore has been coated with several layers of Tung Oil to help protect, preserve and enhance the wood and maintain a clear sound. The exterior has been coated with several layers of Danish Oil then topped with wax giving a soft finish both to touch and visually.