Book - "My Kingdom for a Reed!" by Theresa Delaplain
"My Kingdom for a Reed!" - a reed making book by Dr. Theresa Delaplain. Beautiful, clear color photographs and an excellent section on knife sharpening. This book is intended for beginning and intermediate reed makers, but has been acclaimed by advanced reed makers as well.
Testimonial from an enthusiastic reed maker:
Dear Dr. Delaplain,
I don't even know how to begin thanking and congratulating you for such an excellent reed making book!
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I dove right in and did everything as instructed in your book. I have not had a single issue with my knives since then! They scrape so much better and my reeds have been turning out great. I just have more control over everything.
I will be honest...there were many days I was on the verge of tears not understanding why (especially when I am doing my terminal performance degree right now!!!) my reeds were of sub standard. I had studied with some of the best reed makers and my "reed block" made me wonder if I had learned anything at all! I understand that a sharp knife can make or break your reeds but now I understand the proper sharpness needed for it! With your permission, I would like to share your invaluable section on knife sharpening with my colleagues and students.
Once again, thank you so much for putting this book out there! It truly has been my lifesaver. I personally do not think your book is "intended for beginner and intermediate reed makers." It is a MUST HAVE for any level reed maker!!!