In my early 20’s I moved to Montana for my love of fly fishing and the outdoors. I loved the adventure of hiking along a stream in search of trout while soaking in the beautiful surroundings. Searching for agaves is similar as I hike the hills seeking agaves off in the distance and wondering if they will be a future didge. I bring this up because when I find certain stalks I feel like I have caught a lunker. This is such a stalk. It is so exciting to find these thick Old Souls that have grown from seed into a giant agave and then to flower and this stalk survives several years in the field. This one has some dense thick walls that taper to a medium thickness bell. These thicker agaves are hard to find and just love the way they play. This has such a sweet drone that is so calming to play. Incredible rhythmic capabilities and can play with great speed but just loves to play in a more meditative style. I love the vocals and overtones and has perfect amount of back pressure. As you can see this has a ton of turquoise. There are over 100 inlays! I also added a mouthpiece of beautiful rosewood and bubinga which compliment the agave and turquoise so well. Perfect for any level this is a piece of art that plays with such power!
I once had my voice recorded by a sound healer and I spoke in mostly F and F#. He told me that we speak in certain keys to soothe ourselves. Seems this carries over to didge as it is one of my favorite keys. It is also my dogs favorite as she will almost always appear when F is being played and fall lay near the bell. F, being the heart chakra, I think is one of the most healing keys and have heard this from several people at a reiki circle that it is the key that helped them open up and let go. That being said I think this would be a great didge for sound healers and meditative style of play. But this one has tremendous rhythm and percussive ability and with its shape and bell it is quite an explosive player. Excellent vocals, harmonics, toots, volume, and mesmerizing drone. You can just feel this entire didge shake from the second you play it. On top of it this is just a beautiful form with so many amazing varied pigments. With its big bell it can actually stand up straight on it! Such a cool and powerful didge!
The day I collected this stalk I saw the first rattlesnake I have seen in Arizona. Funny after all the years living here and collecting agaves that the only rattler I had seen was in Montana. This is a really thick stalk and I was unable to pull the leaves from the bell which this is the only time that has happened as well. I made a traveler didge from the top of the stalk last year and thought I would be able to get to the bell this time but to no avail. Thus I needed to make it as smaller didge with a long mouthpiece as I loved the dense wood, shape, and flare. As I finished this stubborn thick old soul I realized it reminded me of the ratter I saw that day with its shape and layered mouthpiece resembling a rattle. It plays with bite as well and this is for the advanced player looking to add some variations in sounds and styles of play. It takes a lot of breath and control but is so fun to play and a bit of a workout as well. If you have most notes and haven’t explored one in G yet this would be a great new addition!
Don’t let the dimensions fool you. This is an absolute powerhouse! I originally was going to make this into a fusion but it ended up not working so I put it aside for a while in my shop as it needed a ton of inlay work. I would play it here and there when I was working on other stalks and the more I played it the more I realized what a powerful little didge it was. It is unusual to see smaller agaves with such hard dense wood with this much resonance. It has amazing percussive capabilities and the overtones are so easy as well as dropping the note to a lower frequency. This one just like #313 had the perfect size mouthpiece so let it be and so cool to play right on the agave. This one has a ton of turquoise inlaid throughout and just beautiful wood pigments and variation. F# is such an amazing note and one that I have always played a lot on my guitar. This would be such a fun didge for a little more experienced player as it is just electric. I have loved playing it and excited for it to bring new life to your playing!