My friend Muhammad wrote:
I’m very interested in knowing how you shape your cane. Some people shape the the top of the ears of the tip and some to the right snug to the bottom. Would you do a video about it explaining why you do what you do in that process?
So – I was asked to talk about the technique of shaping, which initially surprised me a little. Shaping oboe cane by hand seems like a simple matter – it’s a straightforward task that I don’t give a lot of thought to as I’m doing it. But then, the same day, I saw this clear and helpful video by Jonathan Marzluf and realized how many details in this process we do differently, and I understood how people could be confused.
I would like to be clear that I am not contradicting Mr. Marzluf’s methods. They are great, and smart, and clearly work for him! I have my own way of doing this and I’m happy to show you here – because seeing alternatives is important, and helps you to make the choice that’s right for you.