Once a taper has been determined an appropriate culm is selected and is then cut to length. A preliminary filing of the nodes facilitates splitting of the strips to width for each section to be made.
The internal nodal dams are removed after an initial halving of the culm and then each is successively divided into the strips needed.
After splitting, the nodes must be fully addressed and any bends or sweeps corrected. The strips are then rough beveled into equilateral triangles, bound together and heat treated until the internal structure of the cane molecules reformulate. This provides additional strength and stiffness.