Topic: Help! Cane splitting during drying. Suggestions appreciated.
I make (or attempt to make) reeds using pre-gouged and profiled cane. I do it this way:
Fold and put 1st wire
Put in heated forming mandrel and crush
Put on third wire
Put on second wire
Put on drying rack
This is my process...but often I will wake up the next morning to find that a split has formed down the middle of the bark and into the blade. Most of the time it is not very far into the blade, and sometimes it can be fixed, but I feel like glue dampens the sound and filing it down weakens the spine. Any suggestions? Thank you.