In 1988 Ke-xun began making reeds for Howarth to sell in order to support his oboe studies. In 1989 Ke-xun moved to Australia, and while continuing his oboe studies, he taught oboe reed making at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Eventually the demand for Ke-xun's reeds increased dramatically, and he decided to become a full time oboe reed maker.
It has been previously accepted that hand-made reeds are better quality than those made with a machine, however, since Ke-xun has developed his method he is now challenging this view. Ke-xun is now certain that his machine made reeds are of much better quality and more consistent and accurate than his own hand made reeds. His method is the fruit of lengthy research and his experience as an oboist, reed maker, and now also as an engineer.