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April 5, 2011

10 Stupidiotic accomplishments of my didgeridoo career

So this is my collection of recollection of stupidiotic things I have done in my fabulous didgeridoo way so far.. from what I’ve learned about life… more to come…

In one of my first experiences with epoxy, I cleaned(!!!!) my epoxied hands with dirt!!!! It resulted with having a plaster layer on my hands for two days, in which I managed to peel them off by pliers and sand paper… after that my hands were pink and with no fingerprints…. very nice for a robbery, but you can’t steal anything using your hands because it hurts…

I sanded the great bell of fiberglass with no protection… now this is tricky because of small needles that stuck in my whole upper body, so every shirt was like dressing into an inverted cactus…I surely did lose the smile from the photo

10 meter didgeridoo horn and the happy creator

When I was making this great bell for the 10m didgeridoo, I forgot to come to give exam to my students… 200 students were waiting for me in vain… it was a miracle I wasn’t fired then…

My didge cracked before this performance …around minute 7…and I didn’t notice that in the soundcheck… I was just very very surprised where have all the toots gone…as you can see from my face expression… this is also a painful memory which I can’t go through again…

I did a didgeridoo classic of leaving my didgeridoos with wax mouthpieces in a car during summer, to find out that mouthpieces have found their way through the didge, down to impregnate the didgeridoo bag.

Before my first DHRF (the year before the cracked didgeridoo) I chiseled the Needle didgeridoo #2 I later played on Korvo Eksaltiko and I forgot to put out the shavings… I put epoxy inside the didgeridoo to seal it and so I did! I played on this festival with an epoxy ball inside the didgeridoo.. I thought sound was a bit strange but I didn’t discover my stupidiosity until months later.

I really shouldn’t admit this, but during the recording of Dubokobud I had a crack in Iglica (the Needle) #3, and I thought it was kind of more difficult to play than usual…

In Venice (possibly the only Italian city where it is not allowed to busk without permit) I busked on St Marco’s square (THE main square)… in front of the police station, of course…. it took me almost 15 minutes to end up IN the police station…

Once when I first began chiseling didgeridoos I struck my chisel inside the didgeridoo so hard that it twisted inside the wood… it took me two full days to get it out… I tried drilling it, smashing it out…finally I did it with a vise and two car lifts(?)… when I find the picture I will put it here…

Once I found a “perfect” piece of didgeridoo wood in the forest, but I had no saw. I tried to “cut” it by jumping on it with my whole body! I realized this is a great way to break a rib, but not so very great way to cut wood. Really. Trust me on this one.

Didgeridoo wood payed with the rib

So I am on my way for the next ten, and you watch out to miss these ten!

-Du

in Making didgeridoos

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Rodrigo Viterbo April 5, 2011 at 22:48

This was cool to read my friend.

The first and the last one are my favourites!!!!

The second is also quite good.

But I keep thinking about how such a talented guy and one that seems so methodic tries to saw wood by jumping on it! Man, that is beautiful!

I also have some stories like these, this was cool1

All the best

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Du April 6, 2011 at 13:32

He he… experiencing it live then was not so much fun… but… times change ;-)

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Nuno Pinto de Carvalho April 5, 2011 at 23:27

This is huge!

Sorry about your students. A similar thing happened to me as a student… I was in panic because of that :p
What did you teach? (you had a PhD in mathematics right? I’m finally graduated in astrophysics by the way… and I’m looking forward to investigate in astronomy)

That video was the one I found on the Internet remember?… sorry to bring bad memories… I didn’t knew… :s

One thing is for sure: you wont repeat most of those little “mistakes” :p

Thanks for sharing your adventures ;)

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Du April 6, 2011 at 13:35

Hello Nuno!
I never finished my PhD studies. I quit at half. I was teaching numerical methods and mathematical analysis mostly.. I graduated applied mathematics, I was doing a PhD in fluid dynamics. I am still into fluid dynamics as you can hear…
Yes, I will not repeat most of them, but I am so ready for the new mistakes…

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Nuno Pinto der Carvalho April 6, 2011 at 14:11

That is so cool Du! I had a course in fluid dynamics (it was called Astro-Magneto-hydrodynamics… scary name…). If I knew earlier you could have helped me study for my last exam hehehe ;)

I bet your knowledge in fluid dynamics helps you understand the physics of the didge!

Yes! Everyone can learn from their mistakes, so it’s not that bad… :-)

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janawirri April 6, 2011 at 01:03

hi Dubravko I intensley enjoy the honesty how you tell people of your adventures … keep up the good work…I hope 2 come visit your country 1 day

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Du April 6, 2011 at 13:37

Hello Janawiri!
I am happy you enjoyed. Well… it’s easier to be honest if you don’t take yourself too seriously…. and I had this great luck that so many stupidiotic things have made it very difficult to consider myself too seriously….
;-)
Will be a pleasure to meet you!
Du

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Ur April 6, 2011 at 20:29

Brilliant…. Only a true genius can prerform stupidiosities such as these and live to talk about them :~DDD
I admire your non attachment and sense of adventure !

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