Building a Quick and Easy
With Denver Greer
As I look through past postings in the Didjeridu Digest, I find a
number of folks new to the fascinating world of the "grunt stick."
Being new to the art myself, I can certainly relate to their burning
desire for more knowledge. And of course I don't think you can find a
better resource then Dreamtime. However, I do find a couple of common
questions in the postings of most newcomers: How can I make one? Where
can I get one? How can I learn to play one? And again I reference
back to Dreamtime to answer these issues. All these questions are
answered, to one degree on another, throughout the postings. (But to
learn the "how to play" I, like Tom Bray, also strongly recommend
Brian Pertl's instructional tape "Echoes From The Dreamtime.")
However, to cut to the chase on the "how to make," I thought I would
take a few minutes and post this article on the way I make a very
quick and easy ABS Didjeridu.
And so you have it! Takes about 10 hours from hardware store to
overtones. And it looks nice enough that my wife allows me to leave
it leaning against the wall in the family room! If you have any
comments or questions, please feel free to contact me, the
- A 3' to 5' length of 1.5" ABS
- A can of white primer spray paint
- A can of any type of wood stain and an old rag
- Course sandpaper
- A mouthpiece (ABS union/beeswax/injection molded, etc)
- Bar-B-Que Pit and charcoal
- Heavy-duty leather gloves
- Baseball Bat or a funnel
|How To Build It|
- After selecting the length of 1.5" ABS to be used, take
the sheet of course sandpaper and rough-up the slick
finish of the ABS. Be sure to sand off the manufactures
white painted markings down the length of the pipe. Use
long sanding strokes along the axis of the pipe.
- Build a fire in the Bar-B and cook supper (makes things
go better with spouse!) After the coals are covered with
a white ash (that is to say no more flames), and with the
heavy-duty leather gloves on, heat the end of the ABS.
When it becomes soft, use the baseball bat or a funnel as
a "bell-jig" and flare the end of the pipe. (NOTE: A
number of articles have been posted in the Didjeridu
Digest discussing a possible health risk of ABS.)
- Continue heating the pipe in 10" to 12" segments and as
it softens you can push/pull/twist unusual angles in the
pipe to more simulate an actual tree branch. If the pipe
gets too hot,it may blemish. These wrinkles and bubbles
only tend to add to the authenticity of the finished
- When cool, spray paint the entire pipe with a flat white
primer. Be sure to also spray down into the "bell" end
of the pipe.
- When dry, and using an old rag, apply your selected wood
stain to the white finish. Be sure and wipe the stain
along the axis of the pipe. You will be amazed at how
much the dried stain will look real wood.
- Apply the mouthpiece of choice.
- Lastly, should you so desire, paint emblems or designs to
round-out the decor of your new Didj. On some of mine, I
even use jute-twine to make a mid-pipe handhold or to
accent the mouthpiece.