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A question about chair caning - How is the cane cut?

Asked by YoBob (12783 points ) June 20th, 2011

In my ongoing affliction with arcane arts, I am currently working on my latest project, a wood strip canoe. This canoe will sport a traditional woven cane seat. The weaving process seems straightforward enough and supplies are readily available through multiple sources. However, a part of my fascination with arcane arts goes a bit beyond being able do something the old fashioned way. The real fascination comes from knowledge of the transformation of the raw materials into something useful.

In the case of chair caning, I am wondering how the cane is transformed from stalks of bamboo into the hanks of cane used to weave a chair seat. Mainly, I am wondering how the knuckles on the bamboo are dealt with. If you look at a bamboo rod, every foot or so there is a “knuckle”. I would think that these would cause problems with being able to produce the nice clean uniform strips used for chair cane.

I know it’s a long shot, but anybody out there know anything about how bamboo is transformed from its raw form into strips suitable for caning a chair?

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