Weekly Photo Challenge: Create : Making Bamboo Chopsticks
My children and I joined a class which taught us making bamboo chopsticks. The class was held in a public nature park in Saitama.
We were so lucky that it was free.
First, we learned that there are two kinds of bamboos in Japan.
One is “Madake（真竹）” which grows in Japan since the old days.
The other one is”Mousoudake(孟宗竹）. “which is originated from China. We used the Mousoudake because it’s much harder than the Madake.
My children and I needed colaborate to cut the bamboo because I had to hold a hatchet while my children hit on the end of my hatchet haft for cutting the bamboo.
When the bamboo fiber was spilt up, we felt really refreshed.
After cutting them, we chipped them with a small knife. Since I was worried if my daughters would get hurt with the knife, the staff and I assisted them cautiously.
Finally, we used a sandpaper to make them smooth.
That was the last task we did on the day.
We need to dry them for a week and had better oil them for preventing from going moldy.
Each set of them is really original and has unique detail. It’s worth to make them by yourselves.