Straining to Win the Sky
In the summer of 2010, extreme drought swept across Texas bringing with it blight and soaring temperatures. Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood – home to some of the city’s oldest and most beautifully maintained oaks – was particularly hard hit. The red oak tree that provided the timber for this didgeridoo fully succumbed to the drought, as evidenced by the inky black spalting and elegantly meandering fissures that crosscut this instrument’s rouge and amber grain. A tragic loss for the neighborhood, yet the heritage of this beloved Hyde Park oak lives on in a world class instrument created by Austin Aboriginal Instruments founder and ethnomusicologist, Eliot Stone.
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