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Bamboos remind me of bondage

Sat. 17 Feb. 2018

For some reason, bamboos remind me of bondage. I wonder how that could be. I know bamboos have been used to construct cages in many parts of the world, including for holding people (especially in the Far East). Well, it is rather utilitarian, isn’t it, useful for all sorts of applications in daily life. And of course it can also be very beautiful when carefully selected and polished, etc. I can vouch for it’s usefulness in appropriate furniture making in the tropics.

Now, while I am the proud owner of no less than two magnificent Fred Pinch cages – precision engineered by hand in steel and aluminium, and kept for use in my Studio – I must admit to not possessing any cages in bamboo. Unfortunate, I suppose; an elegant cage of bamboo might not, perhaps, be out of place in my Domestic Room.

I couldn’t help reflecting on bamboo and cages when I saw this impressive crop of bamboo in my recent travels in the Australian tropics: it was a bamboo garden. You can see for yourself how thick and tall it is.

This is not the first time I’ve featured bamboo in my News section, and I’d like to draw your attention to three of my previous items. The first also concerned travel in tropical climes, when I was in Thailand some time ago, and it relates directly to how I think of bondage when I see bamboo: Buddha in a cage?

In the second I present some new implements that I acquired: My new vintage implements.

And the third returns us once again to the tropics, this time Singapore, which I also visited again during my latest travel: When in Singapore, remember the cane...

I trust you also enjoy bamboo.

Mistress Geo