• Define the object to be produced, starting by forms without concavities
  • Choose a bamboo piece that’s compatible in shape and size
  • Roughly define the first cuts, always leaving room for improvement
  • Thinning with bucksaw, machete or sickle until getting to the primary shape
  • Assess possibilities and restrictions of the attained result
  • Go ahead with the thinning process, now using knife, pocketknife, chisel etc.
  • Visually analyze the results, and define paths to follow
  • Keep thinning, maybe using steel rasp or coarse sandpaper
  • Assess the result visually and with your fingertips (move away the piece)
  • Improve shapes and surfaces with blades or medium sandpaper
  • Carefully assess results and restrictions
  • Finalize shape and details with low risk tools
  • Start finishing with medium sandpaper or scraper
  • Assess imperfections in shape and surfaces, visually and with touch
  • Eliminate detected flaws, using compatible tools
  • Check results with the help of light falling across
  • Final touch with fine sandpaper, glass or steel blade
  • Analyze results, always looking for possible imperfections
  • Polish by rubbing the piece on wood, granite or tempered glass
  • Manipulate the piece for a while, finding out uses and function
  • Appreciate with your hands what you have done

 

Suggestions for Works

  • Make simple pieces – rectangular and round sticks
  • Create flat surfaces
  • Create convex surfaces
  • Create concave surfaces
  • Make a piece with flat surfaces – spatulas, knives
  • Make a piece with flat and rounded surfaces
  • Polish surfaces
  • Bend bamboo with heat