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 Post subject: Black powder/ soot
PostPosted: 12.03.2008, 13:47 
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Okay, so I just wanted to ask about my new didj...I got really interested about playing didgeridoo when I heard it in...umm...I think it was Kate Bush`s song The Dreaming. So, I ordered a didgeridoo, and it came yesterday. There is just something that is bothering me. There is some kind of black powder, like soot, inside the instrument. Is that normal? When I play (I'm not good, but I know how to get a sound from didj) my lips get all black because that soot-stuff, and it makes me cough. This may sound a little bit odd question, but I just want to be sure about things : D

My didj is from Thomann Cyberstore, and its made of some kind of teak wood. I ordered it because it was pretty cheap, so I tought it could be good for practising : D


And because I am too lazy to make a new topic, I`ll just introduce my self in this one, I hope it is okay :). I'm a 15 -years old girl from Finland, and I love music. I have been playing bassoon five years now, and I'm dreaming of becoming a professional bassoonist and a musician one day. Because I live in Finland, English is not my mother tong, and I have studied it only six years now, so I can make mistakes in grammar or use a little bit wrong words and things like that. So please do tell me, if I have wrote something wrong, and I will correct it : )

I hope I am welcome!

- Laura/Korppineiti

(and just btw, Korppineiti is Finnish, and means raven lady)


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Welcome Korppineit

If I'm not mistaken i think it was Ralph Harris who played didj on Kate Bush's the dreaming

Black soot?

Never really come across it myself - is the stick decorated? Ochres can have habit of coming off but its sounds this aint the case for your didj


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Welcome Laura!

The 'black soot' that you mention might be an attempt to make the bore of the instrument look more like eucalyptus. The bore of old termite-hollowed instruments turn blackish in color as the wood ages- a chemical reaction of some sort, no doubt. I have a couple that look this, perhaps I should post a pic. However, if it's a teak instrument, it would be old singed wood from drilling.

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Hi Laura,

Welcome to the forum and to the didgeridoo world!

Your English is very good so I'm sure you'll understand what we say on here.

Now, your didgeridoo is Indonesian teak which has probably been drilled out to create the hollow. In doing so this leaves some rough bits which are often burnt off which may have caused the 'soot' you mention. It could also be a type of mold that has developed within the bore.

I would suggest you oil the interior of the instrument with linseed oil or similar. There are online oiling instructions on the serioussticks website. This will seal the bore and hopefully dampen down any soot or mold that may have collected inside.

Let us know how you get on.

Kyle


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PostPosted: 12.03.2008, 14:24 
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Thank you all really much! : D

I will oil the didj as soon as possible :)


And Paul, my didj is not decorated.


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Hi Laura, welcome to the forum !

Indonesian teak is quite often held in smoke to give it an older look. When I was in Bali a few years back, I was fascinated by all the "antique" stuff everywhere and eventually found out how they did it.

It's just possible they may have done this with your didj. Have you got a photo we could look at?


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Hi there

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I will oil the didj as soon as possible


Like yesterday :wink: Teak dige are somekind of serial splitter .
Oh! welcome aboard Laura :)

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Hello Ghost of GW and Serious John, and thank you :)

Here is some photos of the didj:

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I noticed that there is not soot in the hole didj, only near both holes...It looks like the wood would have been burned or something...


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Hi there

Hmmm i think a litlle clean up is up to date :wink: before oiling tha stick of course .

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Hi there, definitely clean up the interior before oiling.

Try a brush and a vacuum cleaner, or even a twisted damp rag.

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Definitely not the fake antique thing I meant

It may have been caused by burning off wood fibres left over after widening the inside of the bell

I was also reminded that I read somewhere of a special way of charring bamboo didjes to stop them splitting - but as this is only the inside, that wouldn't make sense here.

Maybe someone used it to smoke something ? :shock:


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hmmm, now THERES an idea! LOL (jk)

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 Post subject: Re: Black powder/ soot
PostPosted: 24.09.2008, 16:12 
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I recognize that as burn marks created by a torch when trying to remove small loose fibres. It's much easier and quicker than sanding. I do this on whole bores before I glue my halves back together. The small fibres have alot of surface area exposed to oxygen and so they torch up really fast and disappear without affecting the bore surface as would sanding. I was relieved to see the photo because soot is no big deal but I was thinking mold before that, and mold can be a very big deal.


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