When I went to China recently, I visited 4 craftsmen taking bamboo to new heights. The paper maker, the basket weaver, the flute maker and the umbrella artisan were so cool.
The Bamboo Paper Makers
The bamboo being soaked for a month until they can pulp it.
Huge stone used to grind the bamboo into fine powder
The paper maker goes to the water, picks up a thin layer of pulp on the screen. Then lays it down to dry as paper. Thin, thin paper.
Brushes to smooth the pulp.
The Bamboo Lamp Weaver
The Bamboo Flute Carvers
The Bamboo Umbrella Makers
The umbrella factory was a curious thing. It’s in the house of people who own a huge bamboo property and they’re getting paid a fortune for that bamboo. They also make these 3 meter bamboo umbrellas. So cool. Bamboo bones and paper.