If you encounter cracks


at any stage of the making process, just do like Bruce Rogers did on his famous Didgermaking-Workshops with the logs of students that faced this problem (it happened to two out of six students as an average):
Keep working with the spoke-shave until you´re done with this step of the work, and leave the fixing part for later.

After the rough work and after the start of the sanding process with 40 grain sandpaper, cracks were fixed with super-glue and instantly sanded over with 80 grain sandpaper with the superglue still wet.

Thus, the sanding dust fills in the crack, and mixes with the super-glue. Looks good, and is functional.

If you finished your Didgeridoo and some time later find a crack, have a look » at this tutorial, that will help you to fix it (German explanation only, but you´ll get the idea).

A thorough cleaning of the inside


increases the sound quality by a vast margin

Mad Matt offers this service to you for 20 bucks.

To clean a log from the inside, he uses handy tools to push the worst part of the dirt out of the log bit by bit. Onces that´s done, he uses a special Karcher pipe-cleaner to clean out the leftovers with water under high pressure. Takes about an hour for an experianced worker, but hey, the tools are there and the enjoyment of the outcome is the icing on the cake.

Have a look at the pic on the left, that´s what was left over when Mad Matt has finished cleaning two logs.

Pure timber is what you want here, without any sandy spots and crevaces that muffle the sound quite a bit.

You can have the raw log "as cut" with all that Termite-shit in it, and clean it out yourself,

or you can order it thorougly cleaned out by Mad Matt for 20 bucks extra, save some extra expenses on tools and a fair bit of hampering around and concentrate on the real Didge-making work.  

Thanks for reading this

By doing so you already showed a serious bit of good-will to understand the what´s abouts of the didgemaking, and
Mad Matt hopes he could show you a bit of an insight into the workaday life of a didgemaker as well as give you some information he found during his 20 years + of playing, buying and making Didgeridoos.

That´s, what it´s like, love it or leave it :-)

Bruce Rogers said: "We are here to make the absolute best instrument from this log today."
Go for it !