WaterWood Didge Design came from the ideology that The Teacher whom became The Didgeridude could bring his tools and be able to harvest a dry Offering of wood and turn it into a piece of Art. Not only to be a sound sculpture that is ascetically pleasing, but also carrying unique playing characteristics that only handmade instruments offer.
This lead him into the mountains, and there he worked it out. Spending some days on the Pearl Streets of Boulder Colorado busking and others high in the Mountains sculpting Didgeridoo’s, The Didgeridude found his life’s purpose in which defined our process.
This page is from the perspective of a grateful Apprentice with whom became dear friends with The Teacher from the first second they met at the beginning of his Journey.
Thank you for your Time and Interest in our Passion. – The Crew at WaterWood Didge Design (WaterWoodDidgeDesign@Gmail.com)
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Creation of Our Kundalini Didgeridoo
My name Ryan Post and I am the Founder of The Post Project, getting acoustic instruments in schools for the next generations. I am also co-owner of WaterWood Didge design, an Artisans group focused on sculpting Exotic Acoustic Art Sculptures that are unique not only in playability but appearance. Its our Art and this is our Process, Told by me.
The initial harvest is our first connection with our intuition as we seek a future instrument for you or a project we are working on. Guided by nothing more than our mother Earth and simply walking through the woods, you see what is available. It is always important for us to ask permission, with out each other we have nothing.
There are a few things you need at this point to take on this task yourself other than a Handsaw, if you have any interest in this process please Email us! WaterWoodDidgeDesign@gmail.com
As The Teacher shared his knowledge of sculpting didgeridoos, we were in a barn. This Barn is one of my favorite places on Planet Earth, It carry’s something special. We had more than enough while most may see it as very little, the passion to accomplish our goals. Since then I have Moved to Friendly Eugene Oregon and The Teacher still resides in Boulder Colorado. All videos are Sped up 10x and located at our Friendly Eugene Location.
Cutting The initial offering is a very difficult task! Things do not always go your way, and it becomes a serious problem. Quick! So as my body speeds through the process in the video I would love to explain that I have worked on about 14 didgeridoos not including the next 7 in which are being sculpted this session. With in this time we acquired tricks to make sure we accomplish this task with the least amount self inflicted damage to the New Born Didgeridoo.
Making a Mark down the new log tends to be difficult just in itself. It will end up being more of a guide line the more bendy that your piece is. When you decide how your piece is going to be played then you can make your first assumption as to where to mark your new didge. We typically choose to not look down the cut. We first find the top of the Didge and then chose to cut the Didge horizontally to that.
Actually Sawing the Didge requires the attempt, we will be giving you more tips as we advance our teaching package.
Lets face it, any tube makes a didgeridoo. We encourage you to look into how to make Didges out of PVC pipe and experiment with the different mouth pieces and lengths. This can inspire anybody and really be a great tool that will show you the value of how the instrument works. We will be releasing videos helping you with this in the near future.
For WaterWood Didge Design this Process of Marking the Didge comes from the experience The Teacher had with the first 50 sculpted instruments he created. We are happy to say that our creations come out unique in appearance and playability because of how we choose to mark them.
We typically like to choose pieces that are complicated to cut, and that makes it fun for us. This marking process allows you to follow a windy path down a future Didge 6 inches at a time.
It would be Amazing that if you have interest to this degree that you email us at WaterWoodDidgeDesign@Gmail.com so we can tell you our typical approach to each Key. Though its a guess, its an educated one! In the near future we will have more of that information available here on this website.
The most time will go into Gouging the inner shape in which you desire. This is a really powerful thing to go through. Your relationship with the tool becomes one and I recall my lessons from The Teacher. He always said to keep my back straight and use my knees. Trust me, by the end of this process I certainly figured out that truth the hard way.
We will offering More Video’s with guidance on how to build your own Didgeridoo, in fact that is the point that drives me to share all of this with you. Email us @ WaterWoodDidgeDesign@gmail.com if you would like to help! Just asking us what questions you may have will help us include the right answers in our Future Video Productions.
The seal of the sculpture is of the most importance for its playability. Polyurethane will not get eaten by our human spit and with stands our ability to wash the instruments with Water and soap. The outside of our Sculptures are coated with a Soy-based Resin.
We choose the Split and Hollow method because it opens up many more artistic opportunities. You realize this the most prior to gluing your new Art piece together and looking at the chosen path you have created. At this point you really get to see what your working with and see what key you instrument was birthed into.
This Really does go along Hand and Foot with the Pitch in which you choose your Didgeridoo to be born into. The instrument will make most of these pitch choices in the first 1 foot of the Didgeridoo. That is VERY important! And the exact Diameter of the Mouthpiece determines the embouchure, Or lip buzz tightness, that will chose the pitch of your instrument. Email us at WaterWoodDidgeDesign@Gmail.com for more specific info on your task.
This is a part of the process that sometimes takes the instrument backwards in progress because it will open up new air holes. I felt it important to share this with you for a few reasons.
Sometimes in the process we do this in the woods before we return to the Shop and you may want to do the same. The log could bring home some critters that will hurt your home or work space.
Other times it is much more part of the artistic expression of the physical end of the piece. So its to make it pretty but is not needed to carve a didgeridoo that works! I would love for you to first Feel a Didgeridoo that works.
Email Us at WaterWoodDidgeDesign@Gmail.com