60 years of passion in making reeds
The cane is cut during winter (From December to March) and is stocked on trestles in an upright position until May, while the initial drying process takes place, and while the sap contained in the cane slowly descends by means of capillarity. The cane is then stripped of its leaves and branches and cut at a height of 6.5-8 feet, only the lower portion is used for the manufacture of reeds. The selected tubes are laid out side by side to dry, being turned at regular intervals so that the sun can bronze them and harden the varnish evenly around the circumference. This also enables the cane to develop a sustained yellow color, something which is difficult to achieve with cane from regions other than the Var region. The frying time varies according to the amount of sun that the cane receives. The tubes are then restocked in a well-aired place. After a certain time, while the cane rests and stabilizes itself, it is then selected for use in the production of the reeds. The amount of cane to be stocked needs to be carefully planned out, so as to assure enough for one year’s production. Marca uses 200.000 Canes by year for his production of the reed. It is at this time that still raw cane progressively begins its transformation process into Marca Reeds.