Bamboo Craft Workshop With Charissa Brock

by philinshelton on February 19, 2011

in Bits and Pieces

Here are a few pics and notes from the Bamboo Craft Workshop held here at Outdoors By Design nursery back in (I hate to write this) September! In the making of a simple bamboo flower vase, Charissa taught students how to "prepare bamboo as an art material" including techniques for splitting, cutting, notching, and heat bending bamboo, techniques to bind it together, and decorate with rattan using Japanese caning knots. It was agreed upon by participants and teacher alike, that the workshop was a wonderful success!

Students at Work!

I wasn't in the class, but I dropped in from time to time, taking pictures of the activities from start to finish. Students started by sorting through a stack of bamboo to find branches used in making their vases. After class, Charissa presented me with a finish vase as a gift.

Rattan Knots

These are samples of rattan knot work that can be used to bind and decorate bamboo.

Samples of Charissa's Art

Charissa brought a few samples of her work. Visit her website to view photos of her sculptures and jewelry by clicking here.

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Bamboo Fly Rods July 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Would love to see some of these great bamboo craftsmen make some decorative bamboo fly rods. Thanks for the share.

Ben February 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Always good to find an article about making bamboo crafts, so I thought I would leave a comment.

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