& Agave Didgeridoos By Geoff Frost
didgeridoos are crafted from both Yucca and Agave stalks. There is very
little difference between the 2 when viewing or playing the finished
didge. The stalks are collected in the desert areas of Southern California
and Arizona. All of the stalks have been dead for quite a while and
have had plenty of time to disperse their seeds. I do my best not to
use stalks that have become homes for various critters. I spend a lot
of time searching out prime stalks that produce top quality instruments.
instruments are burned out as opposed to being split. The "hollowing
out process" is very tedious; it is done by drilling and burning. By
adding the burning process; the interior takes on a totally different
I coat the outside with epoxy resin, this is what brings it all together.
The first coat is applied and allowed to dry for at least 48 hours.
It is then sanded smooth and additional coats are applied as needed.
The final coat is like glass and is very strong and durable. The finished
product is a Didge that has been carefully crafted with much time and
patience. It is lightweight, loud, strong, and plays excellent.
next step is adding any inlays, for this I use abalone shells, quartz
crystals, agate slices, or anything else I happen to come across. I
then seal the interior with the at least 2 coats of epoxy resin. The
liquid epoxy bonds with the porous inside walls creating a very strong
surface. For big bells I add an additional coat to make the bell stronger.
After this step my creation is ready to be played!
you for taking the time to read about how I make my didges.