While waiting for a flight to Alaska today I decided to spend my morning knocking out prototypes of a folding camp stool using bamboo turnings.
The first piece of custom furniture I ever owned was a bookcase that my grandfather made for me. The bookcase was huge – almost 7’ tall – because all I did as a kid was read, write, build stuff and blow things up with fireworks. On any given Saturday night, I’d be hunkered down in my waterbed (don’t ask) with a stack of books and comic books.
And everything was stored on my bookcase.
The most significant decorative details of the bookcase were the split-bamboo turnings that my grandfather used on many of his case pieces. My family has a deep but confusing relationship with bamboo, but both my grandfather and father used them frequently in their work.
Today I decided to revisit the bamboo turnings of my youth and make a series of folding camp stools using some leftover bits of sapele and bridle leather from a bunch of campaign commissions.