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Tips for Cane Preparation

  • Use a splitter to cut your tube cane. Cutting a single piece of tube cane with a razor is dangerous and will result in wasted cane.
  • Allow 2-3 days for your recently spit cane to settle before proceeding to the next step. Cane in its tube form is under stress and will "relax" a bit after splitting. Throw out any crooked or oversized pieces at this time.
  • Expect only one usable piece of cane from a long piece. Most likely, the unused portion of the piece will crack while guillotining.
  • NEVER pre-gouge (plane) wet cane. You will rust your equipment.
  • Don't store your cane in plastic bags or airtight containters, it will ruin your cane over time! Try using old cigar or shoe boxes with holes so the cane can breathe.
  • Don't get discouraged by how much cane you may have to toss because it is not straight, or if it's the wrong size. The more cane you throw out, the better and more consistent your reeds will be :)
  • Soak cane for at least 2 hours prior to gouging with the bark of the cane down in the water. Press the cane to assure it is submerged in the water for the entire 2 hours
  • Wipe any dirt and excess water from your cane prior to putting it in the gouging machine. Dirt or other imperfections could change the outcome/measurement of the cane.
  • Place the gouging machine on a flat secure surface to ensure the most accurate gouge on the cane.