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Forum topic by woodworm posted 01-29-2012 10:24 AM 1355 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 10:24 AM

Anyone knows what is it? Wanna guess?

Clue: made from one part/portion of a tree trunk
Process : soften by soaking & flatten by beating.
Use : drawing canvas, small basket and also as membrane of cross stitch.
Country of origin : Sarawak (Borneo)
Intention of use: panel for box lid.
Other use : please suggest!

Thanks for looking

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 01:27 PM

I have no idea, but I’ll be interested to find out and see how you use it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 02:43 PM

It looks like the paper after waxing a gorillas back. Its looks like a hairy sheet of paper.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 03:00 PM

Pounded inner bark.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 07:26 PM

Yes WDHLT15, it is made from the inner bark known as phloen (bast). According to the person I got it from, not many wood species has suitable phloen like that to be transformed into paper like thing with simple process I mentioned above. Some are too thin or too hard so they are easily broken into dust.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 07:41 PM

Interesting. Is it sandable? And what kind of finish are you intending to use? How do you attach it to the substrate?

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 08:22 PM

Tokolosi; It is just like rags or low quality textile though it is not interwoven (almost similar to very raw paper when it was first invented, if I am not mistaken). So sanding it may cause the fibre to break and further more it will not become smooth like hardwood. I intended to glue it to thin wood stock as the subtrate then apply clear poly or varnish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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