Since you mentioned oboists making reeds I'm assuming you are an oboist. Therefore I would suggest that you start as follows:
(1) First, by one of the classic books on oboe reed making. I would suggest the Weber/Capps book or the Jay Light book;
(2) If it seems like something you would like to get into, then purchase a good oboe reed-making kit from a reliable double reed supplier. I always did business with Margaret Noble of Oboeworks who is now located in New York City, not to imply that there aren't several other very good suppliers. However, Margaret is absolutely first rate. She can also steer you to good cane and tubes to start with; Margaret probably also has the two books I suggested;
As Kent suggests, it would be nice to have a competent teacher to help you get into the process, but if you don't, give it a try anyway. Again, as Kent says, we make reeds not to save money but to have reeds that play the way we would like reeds to play. Over the long haul, though, once the initial investment in reed making is made, you will save money and have good reeds as part of the bargin.
Gene Carter, Owner