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Why is it so important to have a good blank?

It is often said from some of the best oboe teachers that once your reed is tied on it is 75% (or some similar figure) finished. 1,057 more words

Reed Making

When Your Reeds Are Winning...

I was recently talking to a good friend and colleague about reeds and we were discussing the issue that always comes up with oboists…… terrible reeds… and what percentage of them actually turn out to be usable. 587 more words

Reed Making

Chihuly at Biltmore - Lighted Cattails and Copper Birch Reeds

The Chihuly exhibits at Biltmore are even more spectacular when lighted at night. Here are the reeds just about when the lights first come on …. 9 more words


Chihuly at Biltmore - Neodymium Reeds with Fiori Verdi

Chihuly made his first Reeds in 1995 at the Hackman factory in Nuutajärvi, a small glassblowing town in Finland. The Hackman facility had high ceilings and large annealing ovens, allowing Chihuly to make these elongated forms. 64 more words



Knocking together

like wooden wind chimes

they gently sway

our brows knit

to defy the sun

and small birds

flood in and out

of green waves… 9 more words


Celebrate Norfolk Day.....

To celebrate Norfolk Day, I thought it was rather suitable for me to share a photograph that I took nearly 14 years ago of Eric Edwards who could quite happily be described as ‘Mr Norfolk’. 111 more words


How To Get The Best From Your Reed Diffusers

Most people who have one do not understand how to use a diffuser – at least correctly. Sure, they can get it going, but how to get the best use from one often escapes them. 823 more words

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