Narrandera's Michael Lyons, a Wiradjuri Elder, is known world wide for his Traditional Style Wiradjui Artefacts. Locally the knowledge Michael learnt at the hands of his father and grandfather he now passed along as a Presenter of Wiradjuri Cultural Days to Local Schools, community groups and helping young Koori kids sort out their lives.
Along with his hand crafted Wiradjuri Artefacts, specialising in tuned, playable termite hollowed Mallee didgeridoos. Michael is able to provide corporate quantities or single items for most of his products.
Michael offers both beginners and professionals alike custom made didgeridoos, your choice of key, your choice of decoration—either one of Michael's own designs or your own custom design even your name or your bands name can be included or should you prefer it a clear coated clean skin.
Not just limited to didgeridoos Michael also produces a range of Wiradjuri artefacts including boomerangs coolamons, woomeras, hook boomerangs, hunting boomerangs, emu callers, clapsticks, bullroarers, nulla nullas, digging sticks, spears and shields. Not forgetting carved emu eggs as well as hand carved burls and paintings.
In April 2013 Michael was invited to participate in the Niort Tourism Festival in Niort France to talk about and demonstrate Wiradjuri culture. Michael was accompanied by son Michael Jnr., youngest son Barry and grandson Nathan Smith. The presentation included artwork, bush tucker, storytelling, artefacts and playing the didgeridoo. The festival ran for nine days.
Mid 2016 Michael received a custom boomerang order from China Eastern Airlines for the design and supply of 150 boomerangs to commemorate the China Australia connection over the last 20 years.
China Eastern Airline members pose with with Michael's Boomerangs.
This order then lead to the great honour, in November 2016, to an invitation to stage a private art exhibition at the Sydney Hilton as part of China Eastern Airlines 20th anniversary of flights to Australia.
The exhibition consisted of six paintings a number of Didgeridoos and Boomerangs and was a huge success with the visitors.