Yucca & Agave Didgeridoos By Geoff Frost
My 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.
My 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 dimension.
Next 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.
The 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!
Thank you for taking the time to read about how I make my didges.