Hand Making a "BooShoot" hanging vase
On rare occasion, if I have a bulk order that is time sensitive, I'll use power tools such as a scroll saw and power sander. However I prefer to work by hand, so I can create cool bamboo items without the need for electricity. Something to be said for sitting outside crafting with your hands.
In the video below I hand make a "BooShoot" hanging vase. There are quite a few steps in making these. Sometimes the heat treating is done earlier in the process with each step being necessary to deliver a decent final product.
- Harvest bamboo from the grove.
- Wait 6 months for it to cure.
- Wash it to remove dirt.
- Cut a piece to length. One end with a straight cut near a nodule, the other on a 45 slightly above a nodule.
- Eyeball the measurements, then cut and create the pockets.
- Sand off any "fly-aways" at the edges.
- Carefully drill the wire hanger holes, coming in from both sides to reduce blow-out "fly-aways".
- Heat treat and hand burnish the entire item.
- Add the hanging wire.
- Rub down with orange oil
Though the video has been edited to about 6 minutes, the entire process (minus the harvest and cure) takes about 15-20 minutes.