There is a “fun” (if that word can be connected to the craft) article about reed making here.
And then there’s this snippet (I’d heard of issues about taking reeds on board … I can see them being weapons, but only when it comes to making painful sounds!):
Once, when he was passing through an airport, Mr. Rodgers’ bassoon reeds were nearly confiscated by a security officer who believed the sharp pieces could be used as weapons. After demonstrating how the reeds worked, the bassoonist was allowed to take them on board.
“I was on my way to an audition. If he had taken those, I might as well have just gone home. He might as well have just thrown out my bassoon,” he said. “It’s like taking a singer’s vocal cords.”