Added craftsmanship at Vintage Fair, May 14

This year’s Vintage Faire promises to be very special as it celebrates Eagle Point’s Centennial year.

Sponsored by the Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce, the one day event is Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of the new displays will feature didgeridoos as well as handmade drums, both made by Dave Adams. The drums are made out of logs with rawhide cover. They sell anywhere from $50 to $200. He also make shakers, some from rawhide, some from turtle shells.

The didgeridoos are a fascinating instrument developed some 1500 years ago by the Australian Aboriginals.They are sometimes called natural wooden trumpets or drone pipes.

Today’s instrument can measure anywhere from 1 to 3 m (3.3 to 9.8 ) long. Most are around 1.2 m (4 ft.) Long. The length is directly related to the half sound wave length of the keynote. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower the pitch or key.

Adams makes his didgeridoos from elderberry wood. He has toned them and the tone is marked on the instrument.

The only person to ever play a didgeridoo at Carnegie Hall was in Grants Pass and had opportunity to play one of Adams’ instrument. He was very impressed with the quality.

Other demonstrations will include music by the Old Time Fiddlers an Banjo Bill. There will be a Dutch oven cookoff, winetasting, blacksmith, bootmaker, trolley rides from the library and senior center to the museum and Butte Creek Mill., along with a number of other activities. The event is free.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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