Bamboo and cane craft is centuries old, and we have been working with our artisans to reinterpret it, reorient the craft to the mordern context by ensuring that each design has a functional value. Hollow bamboo is common across the world, hence most bamboo furniture including most of India's bamboo furniture is made out of hollow bamboo. The uniqueness about India's bamboo craft is solid bamboo (Stocksii) availability, native to India. We at Bamboopecker not only make furniture with hollow bamboo, but we are also the pioneers in using solid bamboo (D.stocksii) for furniture and lifestyle products.
What is so unique about Solid Bamboo (D.stocksii)?
Cane is highly bendable but lacks in strength, hence it requires a lot of supports for stability. Hollow bamboo is bulky, very strong and cannot be bended for all practical purposes. Solid bamboo is available in thickness' ranging from 0.5" to 2.5", hence the furniture is less bulkier than hollow bamboo firniture. Also, solid bamboo's top skin can be peeled off to look similar to any wooden furniture, which is not possible with hollow bamboo. Solid bamboo is similar to cane but much stronger than cane, and can be bended to different forms. Bending bamboo is a craft by it self as it is tougher than cane and a craftsman needs to have a great eye and intuitive capability to bend to the desired form. These charecterisitcs of solid bamboo helps build furniture that is not bulky, but strong and with lesser supports than cane and a much better appeal than wooden furniture.
Crafting steps - Solid Bamboo Furniture
Step 1 ~ The first step to making bamboo furniture is the treatment and drying process. Similar to wood, bamboo needs to be treated and dried for longevity and to keep away the pests.
Step 2 ~ Any natural bends of solid bamboo are removed using torching and during this step the components that need to be bent are completed in this phase as well.
Step 3 ~ Bamboo is sanded down at the nodes and bamboo is peeled to remove the waxy skin.
Step 4 ~ Mortise and tenon joints are made on the bamboo components.
Step 5 ~ The components are joined using bamboo nails (we do not use steel or iron nails). Bamboo nails are made from hollow bamboo and they are similar to wooden pegs. Bamboo nails make the joineries stronger than even metal screws.
Step 6 ~ If bamboo slats are required for back support or for seating, they are prepared by splitting hollow bamboo to required size and planing them. Slats can be bent as well to desired shape if required.
Step 7 ~ All the components are assembled
Step 8 ~ Four levels of sanding is carried out to give a smooth finish on the bamboo.
Step 9 ~ If any stain/colour is required, it is applied in this phase and then sealer/lacquer is applied.
Step 10 ~ In the last and final step the bamboo furniture is finished with a nice polish.