Introduction: Didgeridoo Quickie

About: Hi, I'm Mike Roland. I like making stuff and have been doing so since I can remember. I'm a self employed Scenic Designer, Prop Designer, Grip and Gaffer. I'm an avid Lover of Halloween and have worked At Frig…

I made this sweet Didgeridoo for the 1 Hour Challenge.

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia potentially within the last 1,500 years. A clear rock painting in Ginga Wardelirrhmeng, on the northern edge of the Arnhem Land plateau, from the freshwater period (that had begun 1500 years ago) shows a didgeridoo player and two songmen participating in an Ubarr Ceremony. A modern didgeridoo is usually cylindrical or conical, and can measure anywhere from 1 to 3 m (3 to 10 ft) long. Most are around 1.2 m (4 ft) long. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower its pitch or key. However, flared instruments play a higher pitch than unflared instruments of the same length. In this Instructable I made an un-flared instrument at 48" (122cm) I'm not sure what the pitch is but it sounds good.

I basically saw that there was a short few hours left to submit an entry and ran into my garage and looked around.

There it was in raw form waiting to made into an Aussie instrumental masterpeice!


>48" Schedule 40 1-1/4" pvc pipe

>120-180 grit sandpaper

>Acetone and a rag

>Butane torch

>An old boot lace (for an unnecessary carry strap)

>12" of Paracord

>Feather from a Sand hill crane (because Feathers)


Step 1: Measure, Cut, Clean and Sand

This is pretty self explanatory.

I used a Dremel oscillating tool to cut the pvc, mostly because it was available at arms reach and it works like a charm to cut stuff. I cut it to 48" (122cm) and wiped the ink off of the pipe with a rag and acetone.

(WARNING: Make sure to use it in an open space and be careful Not to use the torch near where you've used Acetone as it is super flammable! You've be warned.)

Next I sanded the edge where your lips will touch the instrument (outer and inner diameter) I finished the sanding with 180 grit.

Step 2: Torching for Effect

I chose to simulate Bamboo in this case because it's recognizable and fools the eye fairly easily. You can run the torch over the pvc to brown it and you don't need to leave it in one place for a long time before it changes to surface.

Step 3: Tying on the Carry Strap

I used a Clove Hitch to tie the strap. the thing about a clove hitch is that it won't loosen unless you untie it.

You have to basically wrap the cord around the object and make an X then thread the end under the X. Then tie a normal single knot (a hitch) around the strap part of the cord.

Do this on both ends to create the shoulder strap.

I used some scrap paracord and added a feather because I had one laying around in my garage.

It's from a Sand Hill Crane.

They're ridiculously LOUD if you get too close to them.

They stand about 48" tall. They're not Australian but their chicks are super cute.

Step 4: Art Time

I went on the web and found some Aboriginal symbols and drew a few on each section of faux bamboo with a sharpie.

If I would have had more time I would have given it a lot more color. There is a ton of pictures of Aboriginal art online of course so you can go nuts and Didgeridoo whatever you heart desires! I kept it simple for time sake.

Step 5: Sights and Sounds of the Outback

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable and find it easy to follow. Thanks for checking it out.

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