Building a bassoon reed:

Are you interested in high quality bassoon reeds and their production? The main material used to make a bassoon reed comes from a reed plant common in the Mediterranean known as the giant cane (Arundo Dorax). Every single reed plant has its own individual structure and growth pattern. Using a special density test, all of the cane which is too hard or too soft is identified and discarded. Every carefully chose piece of cane has its own individual and unique resonance characteristics. My philosophy is to uncover the unique resonance capabilities of each piece of chosen material through a careful, hand crafted process made up of many small steps in order to achieve the best quality possible.

Step 1

splitting the cane

Step 2

measuring the density

Step 3

gouging the inside

Step 1

splitting the cane

Step 2

measuring the density

Step 3

gouging the inside

Step 4

cutting off the ends of the cane

Step 4

cutting off the ends of the cane

Step 5

profiling the outside

Step 5

profiling the outside

Step 6

folding

Step 7

filing the reed

Step 8

tying the reed

Step 9

drying the reed

Step 10

winding the reed

Step 11

gluing the reed

Step 12

cutting the tip

Step 13

profiling the tip

Step 6

folding

Step 7

filing the reed

Step 8

tying the reed

Step 9

drying the reed

Step 10

winding the reed

Step 11

gluing the reed

Step 12

cutting the tip

Step 13

profiling the tip

Step 14

refining the reed and thoroughly testing it.

Step 14

refining the reed and thoroughly testing it.