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  Will Thoren Print of Djalu Chopping Tree
Djalu Gurruwiw by Will Thoren


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10" x 6.75" [Add $22.00]
14" x 9.5" [Add $38.00]

Djalu Gurruwiwi Chops Tree For Didgeridoo
In the summer of 2007 i was fortunate enough to spend some time with Djalu and his family on Ski Beach in Northeast Arnhemland. For nearly 9 days straight we did nothing but drive out into the bush to collect termite hollowed stringy bark eucalyptus logs. His intuition for finding the right tree is something that you must see to believe. We walked for miles through the never ending stringy bark forest, where entire acres would be cleared of all brush from a recent bush fire. Most of the trees looked very similar to me so it was amazing to see after walking for a mile or so without touching or stopping at a single tree, Djalu would find a tree with perfect specs in what he was looking for to make yidaki. He  would approach the tree, look at it for a second and then begin to tap it with his axe to listen for how hollow it sounded. if he was satisfied after tapping it, which he usually was, he would cut it down sometimes with as little as 3-4 swings of the axe.

Available in two sizes: 10" x 6.75" and 14" x 9.5"

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