One of my talented artist friends said that this may be the most beautiful of the ones she has seen. After all of the years of making them I have never seen this kind of coloration in an agave. I found it on a camping trip in an area far from where I usually collect. The agaves looked to be the same species but there must have been something environmental or perhaps cross pollination of different species to create this unique flower. Along both sides is a purple streak that runs the length of the stalk with many shades within the streak. It is complimented by very light wood that pops these colors and turquoise inlaid as well. I chose purpleheart as the mouthpiece as it matches it so well. Ok, enough about its physical beauty . This one is extremely sensitive to any slight movement. It takes so little breath and less is more with this one. Three easy overtones with its longer thinner bore. Nice rich bass tones in the drone and crystal clear vocals. One other interesting fact is that purple is the color associated with the crown chakra which is the key that this one is in. Seems it was meant to be. A truly unique agave didge!!
I am so amazed by this stalk. I found this ancient flower on a trail and it had been cut and left there it looked like for many years. As I picked it up I was blown away by the weight of the stalk. To this day this is the thickest most dense agave I have found. I estimate the stalk to have bloomed 3 or 4 years ago and because of this and being cut so long ago it had one of the biggest cracks I have seen. I was so mesmerized by it though that I took it with me anyway. Honestly I didn’t think it was possible to make it into a didge but knew there was something special about it. I decided to work on it when I was pretty much done for the day and the realization that it might be possible to make it work I was filled with such excitement. As I began hollowing out I realized I would be able to clamp it and seal it keeping the look of the crack and other features to show its age. In an area that was very badly split and scarred I was able to add a beautiful turquoise inlay. This one weighs more than any on the site despite its size and one reason I write in wall thickness is it gives the player an idea of its strengths. Thin walled agaves play with a bit more liveliness and in general have more volume as thinner wood projects more sound and don’t need much time to warm up. Thick walled agaves take a bit of time to warm up and have a deeper more meditative sound. I have a lot of both in my collection and tend to use the thinner walled more for performance and these thick walled more to for more trance like play. They both are so great but this one is so unusual and is so mesmerizing to play. It also has such bright overtones with these thick walls. To let you know how excited about this one I was I ended up buying some amazing(and expensive) rosewood just for this stalk. I can’t say enough about this one and might end up in my collection if it is still here for a while!
I have always loved these short big bell thin walled didgeridoos! They play with such speed and ferocity but also have such an amazing ability to play in a calm and ambient way. With its thin walls it is so responsive right off the bat and you will hear every little manipulation. I have never been much about tuning unless I am playing with other tuned musicians and this has properties of sound of both notes which is really cool. This would be great to play in drum circles as you can play with speed and be heard and the loud clear vocals and overtones will cut through the beats. A great didge that would be great for the player with a little experience to the most advanced!
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A# has been the most popular note on here and for good reason. It is one of the most mesmerizing keys to play. This one has nice big bore which gives it a beautiful deep bass drone. I have always loved the big bores for the sound of their drone as I love to play ambient synth like music. This one has great overtones as well and the vocals are incredible as on all agaves. Playing this for the recording I realized just how amazing this didge is and was so great to hear in the headphones I just wanted to keep playing as it was so soothing. This would be and incredible didge for meditation and sound healing. It has some really great percussive qualities and can move quickly when you want it to which is so great to be able to play fast on these deep notes. Just an amazing player and highly recommend this one!
This one is an absolute rhythm machine! It has such amazing response and so many strengths. With its great size and length this one is so fun to travel sounds and has tremendous percussive abilities. The overtones are so bright and easy to reach and the vocals are magnificent. A perfect amount of back pressure on this one which requires barely any breath. It does everything well and plays like a dream. There is also quite a bit of turquoise inlaid throughout that adds so much to its beautiful shape and wood grain. In one area there is a huge inlay where a bird fed on some of the grubs living inside the flower. I also love the combination of the woods in the mouthpiece which I thought fit the stalk perfectly. If you are just starting out or the most experienced player this one is sure to inspire so many new ideas!
Amongst all these thick gnarly Old Soul agaves I found on my trip I found this sweet little gem. Stalks like these were made to play fast and have an extra gear with the thin walls and thinner neck and tapering to a 5″ bell. With the thin walls this one has a ton of volume and really loud and clear vocals. Also the shape of this stalk lends it well to overtones and percussive style of play. E is becoming more and more a favorite of mine and I have picked this one up quite a bit while making it as it is so explosive and fun to play. If you like to play quick rhythms and percussive styles this would be such a great fit while at the same time also excelling in an ambient style of play. A little powerhouse!
These thick Old Souls play with such power and have such a good feel to play and listen to. I have a ton of stalks in my shop waiting to be made but all four on the site I realize now I picked up on a recent camping trip. They were all ones I pushed to the front because I just loved having them at camp and thinking about what they would end sounding like. It is always a treat to find these older thicker stalks as their drone is just so rich. This one was has such a sweet drone and the overtones are so clear and compliment the drone so well. I felt with the really light colored wood it would be accented nicely by the purpleheart and yellow tones of the canary wood and just looks so good to top it off. D is such a great note and I have probably played it most out when I play with other musicians. This would compliment other instruments of all styles with its ambient and percussive abilities. A solid didge that is also a great size for traveling around with and so sturdy with its stout sturdy walls.
This is such a beautiful old stalk that has so much character in both appearance and sound. I really love how it plays and have always enjoyed these stalks with more length as I love the effect of traveling sounds. This one has really great back pressure and takes such a small amount of breath making it a great didge for beat boxing and percussive styles. It really excels as well in ambient style of play with its deep rich bass filled tone. The overtones are so bright and easy to find with its thick walls and taper. As always these Old Souls have lots of visual stories in the wood and this one has a good amount of turquoise inlaid throughout. This would be a great didge for any skill level and a real beaut!
On a recent camping trip I found this amazing stalk. I was on a trail pretty far back in and found an amazing stand of agaves. I could only carry one out and this is the one that caught my eye immediately. I am blown away by this stalk as it is probably the densest agave I have ever found in the 19 years making them. When you pick this one up you just feel the power it has. The strong drone is so rich and the vocals and overtones so clear and precise. It plays with such ease and needs hardly any breath with its strong back pressure. I already have 3 C’s in my collection or this would be in there and might end up in my collection if I get to play it enough. From the moment I played it I didn’t want to put it down and kept coming back to it. I wanted to also give a brief history about the mouthpiece. Knowing this was a special didge I wanted to use the black walnut my uncle recently sent me. It is from the Walnut tree that grew on our family farm in Kansas. My great grandfather had it cut down and was air dried in the barn. This was over 60 years ago and the wood seems to just sing when you knock on it. I felt the character and age of the wood seemed fitting to be part of this Old Soul didge. A truly unique, special, and rare agave didge!!
I have been making a lot more of these smaller didges that are really great for beginners to advanced but are at a lesser price point. This D# registered in key at 432hz and although this can fluctuate with humidity and temperature this is a really healing didge. It has such a balance with its drone with bass and percussive qualities and is so easy to play. This is explosive rhythmically as these smaller agaves pack a punch and still have a great amount of volume. This one has medium to thin walls and so the vocals are extremely loud and clear there are so many harmonic qualities going on when you push it in the right way. Also easy overtones and strong back pressure. This is such a fun and powerful didge and would be great for so many styles of play!