Topic: Tying cane to staple
Hello everyone! I am a relatively new reedmaker, and have two questions. First, is there a better way to tie cane to a staple which won't crack the base of the cane once the initial thread windings are made? About 50% of my cane cracks (at the base) when I put it on the staple and begin tying it on with thread. I can still produce a blank, but I do not know if the splitting cane that far down on the reed would or could affect playing characteristics later on. Second, is there a (dare I say "foolproof") way of tying cane to a staple that allows the cane to be completely straight once the tying process is finished? Nine times out of ten everything looks beautiful WHEN I am tying the cane on, but once I look at the blank, the cane is tipped (usually to the left), and I know it is almost impossible to create decent reeds with crooked reeds. Are there any "finger tricks" I can employ in order to keep the cane straight?? I feel as though I am beginning the scraping process at a huge disadvantage simply because 1) my cane is usually split, partially, at the bottom, and 2) my reed is leaning! Argh! Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!!