Didgeridoos are made traditionally and most commonly from the stems and branches of trees, hollowed out by termites. These trees, when cut to make didgeridoos, are living plants, with roots, bark, stems, branches, twigs, leaves and, in season, flowers. Dead trees are not usually as suitable for didgeridoos because as soon as a tree or part of it dies it is subject to rotting. With time and decay it therefore becomes less suitable for making into a didgeridoo. Only certain species of termite are responsible for the hollowing of trees and sound dry timber, such as that in our homes. There are about 400 species of termites in Australia. Nearly all of these eat grass, leaf litter or rotting wood. We often call them white ants, but are neither white nor ants. They are related to cockroaches. Like ants, termites live in colonies and have flying forms that are adapted to produce new colonies.
The word "Didgeridoo" was first used by the Scottish who thought the "Yidaki" looked like a black stick when they came to Australia in the late 1770's. It is played along similar lines to that of a bagpipe.
It has a haunting sound and can also be used to make many animal calls and supplies a steady beat for back ground music.
I pride myself on being proud "Wiradjuri Man" and hand make all my Didge's from gathering the logs to painting them. I also play Didge's and make sure that every one I make can be played also.