Types of didjes available
All our instruments are made of agave and hollowed using advanced drilling techniques and sanding jigs. Most importantly, we do not split our stalks!
A detailed description of the three types of didjes that we make is given below. Do not hesitate to contact us anytime to get more information and to ultimately get the perfect didje tailored to your needs.
A top quality flower stalk, perfectly sanded inside and out. Tuned with a hardwood mouthpiece and coated inside and out with multiple layers of the highest quality, non-toxic, UV protected epoxy polymer, gloss or matt finish.
These instruments showcase the beautiful grain of agave wood and have a lot of natural beauty.
The instruments can range in size from 3ft to 7ft. They are fairly easy to travel with and are waterproof.
They can come adorned with artwork or can be bought clear:
- We practice tribal art design with paintwork.
- We also do inlay with precious stones and mother of pearl black oyster and shell.
- All inlayed materials are thick, solid chucks of shell and are not commercially available mother of pearl. We collect the shell ourself from the Southern African shores.
- We also do metal work on the instruments such as a band of copper metal around the end of the didje, for strength, beauty and conductivity. We can do a simple, thin, clean band or multiple layers of more artistic design, the choice is yours!
Natural composite agave
These instruments are a step up from the "Natural" range, meaning they are a little stronger and larger. They can range anywhere from 5ft to 10ft.
The instruments can also come with artwork such as tribal paintwork or stone or mother of pearl in layer and copper work.
We also employ on those didjes a special cutting technique on the stem to the mouthpiece region of the didje. Where we come back, after the stalk has been hollowed out and we recut the neck (somewhat like a tailor fitting a coat) and then region it, making for the optimum shape that didje stalk has to offer, all the while maintaining the longitudinal integrity of the piece.
The neck of the instrument has much to do with an instrument's playablity and so we do whatever it takes to get it just right with regards to wall thickness, inside diameters, degree of taper and tuning!
The instrument needs to have punch, smooth reverb, sound articulation and upper notes played with ease, not to mention the perfect back pressure. We adjust all factors in the neck.
After all the woodwork is done the instrument is sanded smooth and then wrapped in 2x2 ounce layers of cloth, sealed, sanded and finish coated with multiple layers until the finish is perfectly smooth and clear. The composite cloth layers are transparent after lamination so the instrument still has its "natural" looks.
These are amazing instruments! They are our biggest in size and can range from 6ft to 12ft plus.
We find the carbon in the larger instruments works well in that it creates a "glove" in which to keep the sound dense and unifies the overall flex of the instrument. Making for potent control over an even more potent sound!
Our special neck cutting technique is employed, the same as the Natural Composite, and much work goes into building up and smoothing out the bell. After 2x2 ounce layers, a 3rd carbon layer is laminated. Sealed and sanded smooth with multiple finish coat layers. Rendering a glass, polish, carbon finish. The mouth piece is finished off with a polish 1/8 hardwood "cap".
Being quite large, they are not good travel instruments, unless you really need to bring it along, which we will understand... Although Jusse Nayeli has been seen carrying them deep into the canyons of Utah and Arizona! But they are great for the studio or keeping at home when it is time to connect to the sound.
The instruments can also be ordered with paintwork and/or mother of pearl and/or abalone inlay and/or a copper finish on the bell end.