Imitate bamboo on the late
might become magic
Even I prefer things are real and showing what they are, then I must admit I always had a fascination for imitated bamboo, perhaps just because I have seen it in beautiful furniture making in the period of the great interest and inspiration from Asia.
‘Furniture made in imitation of real bamboo in the 18thC and usually crafted from strong woods such as beech and turned, carved and painted to resemble bamboo.
Also late victorian furniture made from real bamboo which was rather fragile for the tables, chairs, bookcases and what-nots produced’. (http://www.antique-marks.com/antique-terms-b.html).
First step is to make a rod, here from a magic beech tree.
Shaping the curves.
Give it a little extra, some will come of.
This is really all there is to it.
Then colouring for the imitation.
I used dye and applied as it turned slow speed.
Then more light.
Some fire, this is good for making a patina that looks authentic.
Partial some lacquer.
Then make the lathe spin and add some patina wax.
And after some hours of magic…
Here the wand: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/93861
Here an example of a imitated bamboo from the Victorian period.
The best of my thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.