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REED MAKING METHOD

Douglas Monroe

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TERMS Arundo Donax-The genus and species of the cane used to make reeds. Back-The curved part of the reed with bark still attached. Bark-The ³skin´ on the outside of the tube/back of the reed. Blank-The section of cane used to make a reed before the cut has been made. Bottom-The flat side of the reed. Butt-The opposite end of the reed from the tip. Cut-The portion of the back of the reed where there is no longer bark. Cutting-The process of using a knife t
REED MAKING METHOD

Douglas Monroe

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TERMS Arundo Donax-The genus and species of the cane used to make reeds. Back-The curved part of the reed with bark still attached. Bark-The ³skin´ on the outside of the tube/back of the reed. Blank-The section of cane used to make a reed before the cut has been made. Bottom-The flat side of the reed. Butt-The opposite end of the reed from the tip. Cut-The portion of the back of the reed where there is no longer bark. Cutting-The process of using a knife t

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REED MAKING METHOD
Douglas Monroe
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TERMS
Arundo Donax-The genus and species of the cane used to make reeds.
Back-The curved part of the reed with bark still attached.
Bark-The ³skin´ on the outside of the tube/back of the reed.
Blank-The section of cane used to make a reed before the cut has been made.
Bottom-The flat side of the reed.
Butt-The opposite end of the reed from the tip.
Cut-The portion of the back of the reed where there is no longer bark.
Cutting-The process of using a knife to remove cane from the reed in large portions.
Heart-The middle section of the reed below the tip where the cane becomes denser and
thicker.
Hill-A mistake in the cutting process which results in higher areas rather than a
continuous smooth vamp. One can detect the larger hills by feel. For smaller hills, one
needs to hold the reed up to a light to see the shadows created by the elevated surface.
Knife Check-The knife check (figure 1) is the most important measurement to the reed
making process. Turn the knife upside down and place the non-beveled side against the
reed¶s vamp. Hold it up to the light to see the shape of the vamp between the knife and
the reed. This will show the point of maximum curvature and the shape of the vamp.
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Figure 1
Point of Maximum Curvature-The point at which the cut stops descending at a
dramatic rate and becomes straighter all the way to the tip.
Rails-The sides of the reed.
Scraping-The process of using a knife to remove cane in a scraping motion to take less
cane off of the reed than with a cut.
Tip-The thinnest and most sensitive portion of the reed at the end of the cut.
Vamp-The entire cut of the reed extending from the initial cut to the tip.
Xylem/P hloem-The parts of the arundo donax that take and store nutrition up and down
the plant. These are shaped like veins and extend the entire length of the reed. These are
the portions of the reed that will expand and contract based upon the presence or absence
of moisture in the reed. This process of saturation and drying in the xylems and phloems
is what causes reeds to warp.
DIAGRAM OF VARIOUSP ARTS OF THE REED

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