Frequently Asked Questions

How do you hollow the logs out?

I don’t. There is a species of termite which eats a nice even hollow out of the centre of the tree while it is still alive and standing. I find these trees and remove the didgeridoo-sized branches, already hollow.

Where do the logs come from?

All the logs come from far northern Australia ( N.T. and Qld), a region of Australia where the termites mentioned above exist in large numbers.

What type of wood is it?

I use three different types of Eucalyptus tree to make my didges:

Bloodwood (Eucalyptus polycarpa, E. bleeseri, E. ptychocarpa)
Messmate-Stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta)
Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus crebra)

Why aren’t your didges painted with designs?

Firstly I am not Aboriginal, and I think it would be disrespectful if I painted Aboriginal styled or influenced art on the didges I make. Secondly the timber itself is beautiful, and as I am trying to make musical instruments, why not give them the appearance of one?

Was the didgeridoo played all over Australia?

No, it wasn’t. Traditionally, the didge was played only in the very north of Australia, in an area stretching from the east Kimberley region to the south-eastern corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, by perhaps only 25 of the more than 250 tribal groups across Australia.

Is it OK for women to play the didgeridoo?

A question I get asked a lot, and not being Aboriginal I sometimes wonder if I’m the right person to ask. That aside, I can say that in the traditional didgeridoo playing areas, Aboriginal women do not play didgeridoo in public ceremony. However, there is evidence to show that women do sometimes play in an informal capacity, and there are recordings and photographs to confirm this.
For more information I refer you to Karl Neuenfeldt’s excellent book, The Didjeridu: From Arnhem Land to Internet.

On a personal note I feel I shouldn’t tell someone what they can or can’t do on the basis of their gender. The bottom line is that one must always show respect where it is due.

Is it easy to learn to play?

Yes, it’s easy.

How much are the didgeridoos?

They start in price at (Australian Dollar) AUD $500, plus freight. Most are between $500 and $1000, but for something exceptional you can expect to pay more. I also have wholesale prices and discounts for larger orders.

Can I put a link to your site on my site?

Yes, provided the link is to the domain name www.didgesbybruce.com.au only, and not any of the HTML pages comprising the website. Please label the link, “Link to Didgeridoos Handcrafted by Bruce Rogers”.

The Didgeridoos Handcrafted by Bruce Rogers logo is copyright © Bruce Rogers 1999—2005, and may not be reproduced in any way.

Can I get a link to my site on your site?

It depends; your site should be didgeridoo or music related, and a link back to Didgeridoos Handcrafted by Bruce Rogers would be good netiquette. Please send me a message.