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Bamboo crafts have been very popular in our Japanese culture with the variations in usage from daily-use stuff to high-end art crafts masterpieces and in techniques to apply.
The bamboo is quite unique in its characteristic. Especially, the straight and sharp atmosphere it has, and the flexibility in shaping: from 1D to 2D, then meshed up in 3D.
Shaping and meshing the bamboo might look easy at your first sight, however, it actually requires multi skills: delicate sensibilities to feel the state and condition of the bamboo at each time, sense of geometry, and, above all, the patience.
”3years for cutting and splitting 8years for meshing” - the saying describes the bamboo craftsman's journey to become full-fledged.
Bamboo crafting, amongst various crafts, goes into the category where many process of work is required: cut, split, peel, sizing in length and thickness, rounding off, before start meshing up into products which require different skill set at each process.
Knowing about this fine process from making material makes us understand why such beautiful bamboo objects can be produces.
The characteristic meshing patterns are said to be as many as hundreds e.g. meshing for more strength, for decorations, for best look when dyed, etc. All these patterns indeed have been based on craftsman’s ingenuity for long time.
In addition, the beauty of the bamboo’s aging cannot be forgot to mention. The atmosphere and mood of the aging bamboo, changing colors into dark amber-ish brown and maturing as the material itself, never bore us over years, even generations.
The bamboo is not much sensitive material to climate changes, however, the characteristics vary on seasons and weather conditions. Sensing such difference by fingers and adjust to the conditions with their mastered skills, craftsmen can bring out the best from the bamboo.