6 of 10 – The Timber

What Material or Wood Should my Didgeridoo be made from?

There are over 1000 different types of Eucalyptus trees all over Australia that didgeridoos are made out of.

In general, there are a few types of woods that are used most often in traditional didgeridoo making. Those wood types are:

  • Bloodwood Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Mallee Wood Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Boxwood Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Stringy Bark Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Pink Bloodwood – WoolyButt Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Yellow Box Eucalyptus didgeridoos
  • Iron Bark Eucalyptus didgeridoos

When you’re picking out your first didgeridoo, don’t worry yourself with the different types of woods.

Comparing the different types of woods is close to comparing your favorite color. It’s all preference.

A more important detail to focus on is the craftsmanship of the didgeridoo. As long as you’re purchasing a type of Eucalyptus wood from a reputable didgeridoo maker or artist, you’ll be fine.

Make sure to look for the source of the didgeridoo. Many shops are selling decorated didgeridoos at a higher price as a souvenir while they ignore sound quality. These shops will even over price their didgeridoos to confuse you and make you believe their didgeridoos are authentic.

When buying your first didgeridoo, find a trusted, reputable source to buy from so you can make sure you’re buying a quality didgeridoo that looks and sounds great.


Key Points

  • There are over 1000 types of eucalyptus trees all over Australia
  • Termites love different types of woods based on the region in Australia
  • The different specific types of woods are similar to liking different finishes. It’s more personal preference and don’t really affect the sound
  • If you’ve been playing for a good while and can pick out different subtleties of the woods, then you can be more selective
  • Don’t worry what type of eucalyptus the didgeridoo is made out of when buying your first didgeridoo.

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The Didgeridoo Buyers Guide series is completely free. Youtube links to these videos are below.

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