Reedmaking is an important part of playing the oboe. Oboists select, split, gouge, shape, and tie cane on a staple. This blank is then cut open and scraped, at the tip, thinner the a hair. This process is essential because therein lies a good part of the tone. It is important for oboists to remain sane, however, as a reed is merely a component of our instrument, not the goal itself. One should focus on the goal which is making music.
As a professional oboist, I need to have enough blanks to make reeds as needed, also for my students. In the past few weeks, I've been tying quite a lot, and I now have enough for the next half year!