and thus just the start of a great Didgeridoo you are going to make now.
The following problems may occur, with which just about any Didgeridoo maker will have to deal with sooner or later:
at any stage of the making process, just do like Bruce Rogers did on
his famous Didgermaking-Workshops with the logs of students that faced
this problem (it happened to two out of six students as an average):
After the rough work and after the start of the sanding process with 40
grain sandpaper, cracks were fixed with super-glue and instantly sanded
over with 80 grain sandpaper with the superglue still wet.
If you finished your Didgeridoo and some time later find a crack, have a look » at this tutorial, that will help you to fix it (German explanation only, but you´ll get the idea).
|If your raw log looks like somebody has drilled a 6 mm hole into it, it is because somebody has drilled a 6 mm hole into it.|
Mad Matt´s partners in Australia do exactly this to check the standing, living tree. To find out if it is eaten out by termites - hollow enough to make a great Didgeridoo. If it isn´t, the tree will not be chopped.
|Thus those holes are not a fault - but significant criteria for good quality and the care for nature in the log-hunting process. You even find them with top knotch Didgeridoos from most renowned Didgeridoo-makers like BRuce Rogers and others.|
With the shipment of your ordered raw log, Mad Matt sends you some standard 6 mm wood-pegs. Before you start the sanding with 80 mm grain, you fit the peg into the hole and glue it with wood-glue or super-glue.
increases the sound quality by a vast margin. Pure timber is what you want on the inside of your Didgeridoo, without any sandy spots
and crevaces that muffle the sound quite a bit.
or you can order it thorougly cleaned out by Mad Matt for 29 bucks extra, save some extra expenses on tools and a fair bit of hampering around and concentrate on the real Didge-making work.
By doing so you already showed a serious bit of good-will to understand the
what´s abouts of the didgemaking, and
Mad Matt hopes he could show you a bit of an insight into the workaday life of a didgemaker as well as give you some information he found during his 20 years + of playing, buying and making Didgeridoos.
That´s, what it´s like, love it or leave it :-)
Bruce Rogers said: "We are here to make the absolute best instrument from this log today."
Go for it !