PRACTICAL QUALITY DIFFERENCES
*Each didg is made to feature its innate individuality.
*Didgs are picked termite (white ant) hollowed, with good clear holes, and excellent wood integrity. Anything that doesn’t fit this criteria we don’t make.
*Wherever possible our didgs are made from sun seasoned (dead) wood. That said, cutting green trees in the right way and climate, they will re shoot. We approach our cutting in a sustainable manner that takes this into consideration & thus cutting becomes bush pruning that actually mixes up age of trees and thins in thick areas and thus has a positive impact upon the bush. Not all cutting is like this though and I’ve seen the impact of cutters that cut indiscriminately leaving a trail of destruction. Our didgs are found in the bush with respect for the land and the fragile environments they come from. We selectively take didgs , and wherever there is a feeling of sensitivity we take extra care. Sometimes we’ll walk away from the most primo didg if there’s something telling us to leave it; whether, an owl looking out of a hollow, a feeling of sacredness of the spot or just a gut feeling.
*By being selective , by looking for sun seasoned wood, and by curing green wood for approx 12-18 month’s, it ensures our didgeridoos have a high level of wood integrity, the foundation for our Lifetime 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed approach. Cracking didgs in the wider market is more prevalent because they are made shortly after being found. Despite different theories as to the value of curing before making or alternatively making a didgeridoo green, a didgeridoo that is already cured will always have less potential for movement & cracking.
*Our didgs are worked on the inside to ensure the highest possible playing quality. We have been leaders in the market over the last 20 years, with the first website to actively promote didgeridoos where the inside was worked, and a consistant approach that the didgeridoos inner world is as important as its outer appearance.
* They are sealed on the inside as well as the outside, either with natural resin varnish or beeswax. The majority of didgs in the wider market are not worked or sealed on the inside. As with the dominant western cultures attitude that appearances count most, this attitude is definitely flawed. Inner and outer are equally important; reality always shows up eventually, even with didgs and how they’ve been made.
*The ends of the didgs are sanded smooth not left with the rough saw cut or grinder sander as most didgs are in the wider market .*Some of our didgs are painted with collected rock ochres ground in the traditional way. This is now a rarity in the wider market.
*All our didgs are painted by feeling, playing and bringing through the didgs spirit. This reflects in their individuality and a feeling of specialness. We dont standardise our didgs into length, or painted style to fit ordering simplicity.
*Our mouthpieces are finished to an opening of 28-30mm. Heartland has also led over two decades with the finest mouthpieces and mixing our wax with ochre or ash making them stronger and less resistant to melting. As more makers have taken up these practices, Heartland has continued to improve and now 99% of Heartland Didgeridoos mouthpieces are now either timber or hard resin, giving the longest life possible.
WHAT MAKES THE WAY WE OPERATE DIFFERENT?
~Heartland is a way of life, as well as a business.
~We love what we do.
~The maker finds it, makes it, paints, plays it & often is the one selling it. We don’t get into dissecting the tasks , or mass producing as is very common.
~We enjoy the process of finding the right didg for the enquiring buyer. Each didg and each person is individual, finding the right match is half the fun of the journey.