Gouged CaneI gouged all of my cane on my 11.0mm RDG gouger. Gouged cane measures 0.57mm to 0.59mm in the middle. I weed out the undesirable pieces for you so you won't have to deal with hard, soft, grainy, or warped cane.
What is the deal with the 10.0 - 10.5mm diameter?The 10.0 - 10.5mm cane will make reeds that have larger openings, while the larger diameter 10.5 - 11.0mm cane would make reeds that have smaller openings. Using my available shapes and RDG type II or MCW CA, Sierra, or Chudnow staples, I have liked the results I've been getting with the 10.0 - 10.5mm.
Shaped caneI start with carefully selected gouged cane as above, and hand shape it myself.
What is the difference between the shape choices?I have been using the Mack + shape and tying my reeds at 72mm on RDG type II or MCW CA, Sierra, or Chudnow staples. Refer to the Westwind shaper tip chart for measurements of the Lucarelli, Mack, and Joshua +2 tips. There is also this chart that shows the Joshua +2 and the Sara tips: