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Explanation of winding cane & scraping

The french style reed is the basic style

I make French style reed. The following is explanation about my oboe reed making.

Step 1:Steeped in cup of water

Wet the cane fully, or these is broken

  1. Prepared boat style cane was steeped in cup of water for 30 minute.
    steeped cane oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. Waterproof sandpaper no.1000 was winded stick. and the inside of the cane was rubbed by it.
    rubbed cane with sand paper oboe reed making oboe my love
  3. This process prevent bubbling.about sides. like no nap.
    rubbed cane with sand paper oboe reed making oboe my love

Step 2:Waterproof sandpaper no.1000

It is no use crying over spilt milk. You must not cut too much

  1. You put the waterproof sandpaper no.1000 on some flat place. The inside of cane is turned to the bottom, and is rubbed lightly on the sandpaper.
    By that, 2 blades of reed will fold beautifully.
    rubbed cane with sand paper 3 oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. After that, You cut aslant the 2 edge of cane.
    cutting edge of cane oboe reed making oboe my love
    cutted edge of cane oboe reed making oboe my love

Step 3:Winded by thread

Do not overlook all gaps

  1. The cane is folded beautifully and winded by thread like the left side picture. Please think about the place to wind thread for after the progress of work.
    winded cane oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. The prepared tube is insert the cane little by little. If you use a tube made by Glotin, 74 mm total length maybe good. When The cane is winded a tube, the sides of the cane should have not any opening.
    ( If you use germany style tube, the total length will be longer. )
    You pinch tip of the reed and watch the way of the tip from the inside of bottom of the tube.
    You find an oval of the tip of the tube and a line of the center of the cane.
    prepared tube oboe reed making oboe my love
  3. The line and the longer diameter of the oval should put together.
    Lastly, you put a mark on the side of the cane. By this mark, you can confirm the place of the tip of the tube.
    marking cane oboe reed making oboe my love

Step 4:Winding still the mark

Do not let thread never get loose

  1. A edge of thread is winded a leg of a desk etc. You want to hold it in your mouth ? It's good idea.The reed is winded from the place of 5 mm under the mark to the tip. Winding still the mark, you wind to the bottom of the tube. After 2 or 3 winding, you should confirm a gap of the cane and tube. The two shoud be straightly.
    winding still the mark oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. If the two are not straightly, you correct it by your finger.
    If you find a gap of the blades and a openig of the cane, you shold do this progress of the work over again.
    winding cane oboe reed making oboe my love
    You should wind until you can not see the cane and the material of the tube.

Step 5:Pull the thread by the right hand

Observe following images fully

  1. You put the thread by your left thumb and forefinger, and hang the thread on right same fingers like the left side picture.
    Pull the thread oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. You revolve to the left your right hand keeping above situation. Like the middle picture, You insert reed in a triangle by thread.
    triangle by thread oboe reed making oboe my love
  3. Finaly, you pull the thread by the right hand. This progress is repeat about 3 times.
    pull the thread oboe reed making oboe my love
  4. Extra theread should be cut and you coat a knot of the thread.
    Extra theread reed making oboe my love

Step 6:Scrape the bark

Prepare the next manufacturing process

  1. First, You scrape the bark. You should not make a step between the part of the material and the bark.
    scrape the bark oboe reed making oboe my love
  2. This scraping is done to The both of blades. The both of blades should have same thickness. The counting knife stroke is good.
    When the thickness of the tip is 0.15mm, cut the tip.
    cut the tip oboe reed making oboe my love
    If you use a dial indicator, you can cut last total length.
    If you don't use it, you should cut last total length + 0.5mm.
    To scrape the tip, the reed should be dry.Extra theread should be cut and you coat a knot of the thread.

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