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Didgeman - didgeridoo music

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Didgeridoo tree country Searching for didgeridoo trees

  • This is Highway One, East of Borroloola in the Northern Territory. Good didgeridoo tree country. Good snake country also!
  • Good didgeridoo trees Termites and didge trees

  • The perfect combination of termite mounds and good sized trees. A fire has burned through here removing all the long grass and making the harvesting much easier.
  • Another didgeridoo in the making The felled tree

  • Having chosen and felled a tree, note the clean hole eaten in the trunk by the termites. A permit system applies to anyone felling trees. The cigarette lighter shows the size.
  • Future didges Some good didgeridoo logs

  • These logs need to be left to dry slowly for some months before further work. This is to prevent the logs splitting if they dry out too quickly.
  • Barking a log Shaping the didge

  • The bark is removed and the log shaped using a drawblade then a spokeshave.
  • Grinding the ochre to powder Making paint

  • Natural earth ochres are ground up, mixed with water and some PVA glue to make good paint.
  • Decorating the didge Decorating the didge

  • A design has been burned onto the didgeridoo with the pyro graph in the picture and then filled in with paint. Also shown are vials of powdered ochre, prepared paint and the finished art work on the didgeridoo.
  • Pyro art on a didgeridoo Pyro art

  • Some didges are not painted but decorated with pyro (burned) art only.