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Vote Clark Bassoon Reeds! Fedex Small Business Grant - Tuesday, November 6th 2012 7:20 AM
Dear Double Reed Friends,Clark Bassoon Reeds has entered the Fedex Small Business Grant Contest, $25,000 first prize. For eight years my business has grown from one to two...
Profile Equations - Sunday, May 20th 2012 8:01 AM
Making reeds for players other than myself is one of the biggest challenges I have faced. For the styles I have developed, other than my favorite style A, I found the need...
Throat Mandrels and Throat Reamers - Monday, September 5th 2011 7:27 AM
Because of a recent request I decided to write about throat mandrels and reamers. In my shop I have several mandrels made the late by Lou Skinner.  I’m not sure he...
Sanding Film - Undercutting the Tip - Tuesday, February 15th 2011 3:41 AM
Sanding Film, Undercutting the TipAfter a very busy fall and early winter season I decided to make a moment and post a blog I had started a while back. At the IDRS conference...
Reed Finishing, Pre-forming scrapes - Thursday, August 12th 2010 1:39 PM
While studying with Gary Echols I learned a process of pre-forming scrapes that he developed after studying with Lou Skinner.  After the initial profile by machine, place...
Reed Finishing: the Last 10% - Sunday, June 6th 2010 8:21 AM
Today I'm going to begin a series of blogs addressing bassoon reed finishing. At one of my bassoon lessons Dr. Matthew Ruggiero, ret. Boston Symphony and honorary member of the...
Wrapping - Wednesday, May 19th 2010 12:47 PM
After stabilization, I re-tighten my wires that have loosened and clip the third wire close to the bark.  I wrap my reeds with #10 Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread.  I...
Reed Stabilization - Tuesday, May 18th 2010 6:37 AM
There are so many ideas about this topic but I can talk only from my own experience.  In the near future, I plan to do research in this area that may prove helpful, giving...
Forming process - Thursday, April 1st 2010 9:29 PM
My forming process closely follows what I learned from Gary Echols in Nebraska that he learned from Lou Skinner.  Skinner’s process depended on the style of reed you were...
Forming Mandrels - Sunday, February 21st 2010 8:23 AM
Studying for my master’s degree at Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln I learned reed construction techniques from Gary Echols.  Gary Echols studied reed making with Lou Skinner...
Bevel and scoring - Saturday, January 16th 2010 9:28 AM
The preparation of profiled cane for forming requires at least two adjustments to the tube, scoring, in order to make the cane easily fit to the round shape of the bocal, and...
Christlieb Dial Indicator Measurements - Thursday, December 3rd 2009 6:53 AM
One of the questions most asked by avid reed makers is: what are your dial indicator measurements?  I tend to refer students to the Don Christlieb dial indicator...
University of Florida-Gainesville reed making master class - Saturday, November 21st 2009 2:37 AM
I was honored to be the teacher of a master class in bassoon reed making at the University of Florida-Gainesville, Nov. 14, 2009.  Dr. Arnold Irchai has done a wonderful...
Profiling Machine Adjustments/shimming - Monday, October 12th 2009 7:55 AM
Many reed makers like to put their profiling machines in adjustment and leave them that way.  The problem is that blades have to be sharpened and replaced. That may result...
Bassoon Profiling Part One - Wednesday, September 30th 2009 6:41 PM
In this blog entry I am going to discuss the three profiling machines that I use: Popkin, Pfeiffer and Reedsn’stuff by Udo Heng.   For my style A reed I use the...
Scheherazade Variations - special gouging technique - Thursday, September 17th 2009 3:03 PM
Variations to the inside of a gouge were the specialty of Lou Skinner, International Double Reed Society Honorary member, as highlighted in The Bassoon Reed Manual, James...
Message from Mark Ortwein - Thursday, September 10th 2009 11:52 AM
I received the following email from Mark Ortwein:   Hi Dale, One advantage of using a fold over shaper is that by positioning the cane up a little higher you can...
Sanding - Wednesday, September 9th 2009 9:19 AM
The question of whether or not to sand gouged cane before profiling can be answered by the type of process used to gouge your cane.  If the cane was gouged dry, as by an...
Variations in Shaping - Sunday, September 6th 2009 6:59 AM
I’d like to be able to say I’m well acquainted with all the shapes available for bassoon reeds as well as the unique features and benefits of them all but the truth is I...
Gouging - the foundation of reed making - Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 8:44 AM
Before I start on the process I’ll tell you that I use a fine Rieger gouging machine to gouge my cane.  At the IDRS, I almost drooled over the new electric gouging...
Reed Dimensions: length, thickness and width - Sunday, August 30th 2009 10:19 AM
I’d like to start my discussion of reed dimensions by comparing the length and wire placements of my style A reeds with style B.  Style A reed measures 54 mm...
Wire Replacement - Saturday, August 29th 2009 11:52 AM
Many thanks to everyone who has already commented on my blog.  I want to respond to Eric's question about replacing 22 gauge wire with 20 guage.  First, just...
First Blog! - Friday, August 28th 2009 7:51 AM
Welcome to my first blog at Clark Bassoon Reeds.  The purpose of my blog is to initiate and continue a discussion of bassoon reed making for the benefit of the customers...