Saturday, 9 August 2014

How to Make a Flower Vase - Bamboo Cylinder

Since I've been posting about bamboo vases and traditional Seika arrangements recently I came to think about this video that I saw on YouTube a while ago. Master bamboo artist, Shosai Tanaka from Iwaki, Fukushima in Japan explains how to make a flower vase. Starting with mr Tanaka looking for  good stocks of bamboo in the forest, this video also shows how the stocks are prepared before they are ready for use. As with all great artists, the techniques mr Tanaka is using looks simple and quick. I'm not so sure it's as simple as it looks - but it sure makes me want to try.

If anyone has a good resource on how to cut a rectangular window in-between two nodes, to create a vase with two openings, I'd be interested in hearing from you. If you could post a comment or send me a message that would be of great help.

I hope I've inspired you to try and make your own vase, please let me know how it goes!

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