Young men in BSSC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program met with Uncle Paul Chapman and KESO, Simon Penrose, yesterday for the first of several sessions where they’ll learn how to make and play a didgeridoo.

The Trade Training Centre—normally buzzing with the sound of power tools—was instead filled with the evocative tones of Uncle Paul playing a beautifully decorated didgeridoo.

“Playing didgeridoo is just like blowing up a balloon,” he said with a grin. “It’s all about the detail—and that’s true for anything you want to learn in life.”

The students will create their own didgeridoo from a piece of timber sourced from Dja Dja Wurrung country and create something they can cherish for the rest of their lives.