Last winter when I was taking down our Christmas tree, I decided to save the trunk just in case I came up with something to make out of it. I trimmed off all the branches and stuck the bare trunk in the corner of my garage. It sat there drying out for almost eight months waiting for me to come up with a good project for it.
I eventually decided to try to turn it into a didgeridoo. This ended up being a fun, challenging project, and I was happy with the results. Here are the details.
Step 1: Acquire a used tree
For everyone else, check around your neighborhood after Christmas. Really, any type of appropriately-sized tree or large tree branch should work for this project. I believe this particular tree was a noble fir.
You can see this actual tree in action in the background of the intro pictures in this instructable.
Step 2: Remove all the branches
I used pruning shears for most of the smaller limbs, and a hand saw for some of the bigger ones.
Step 3: Let it dry out completely
Over the period of eight months while this was just sitting there, I was tempted to throw it out many times. But I've learned to hold on to neat stuff like this.
Step 4: Remove branch nubs and strip bark
This saw also worked well to carefully shave off the outer layer of bark, along with much of the remaining bark underneath.
I used clamps to secure the trunk to my work table while I was sawing.