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Coming up, Bamboo Craft Training Centre in city

For artisan Laxmi Devi of Cuttack, her traditional bamboo crafts fetched her anything between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 a month till a few days back. After undergoing training and capacity-building sessions, today she earns about Rs 3,000 a month.

The State is home to several traditional artisans like Laxmi who have taken up crafts with bamboo for a living. However, with new materials and designs flooding the market, their income has come down drastically. To train such traditional bamboo craftsmen in production, skill development, value addition and treatment of bamboo for better output, the Orissa Bamboo Development Agency (OBDA) has decided to train 500 artisans from across the State this year and 5,000 more by 2013-14. The training would give an opportunity to the craftsmen and help them develop their skill through NGOs or SHGs working in the field.

So far, the Agency has conducted 42 training camps in the last few years for around 2,126 artisans with the help of master craftsmen from North-Eastern states.

As per official records, there are around 60,000 traditional bamboo artisans in the State. The OBDA has identified 9,900 of them to undergo skill development training in the coming years. These artisans are mostly from Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Ganjam, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Sundargarh.

To promote the craft, a Bamboo Training and Product Development Centre would soon come up in the city under PPP mode. The government had signed an MoU in this regard with the National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA) last year. Besides, work is on for setting up common facility centres at Mayurbhanj, Khurda, Rayagada and Athagarh. These centres will be provided with high-end machineries through which, the artisans can produce their bamboo charcoal products on a larger-scale. Sources said agreements had been signed for construction of two more such centres at Khurda and Mayurbhanj.

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The Splendor and Toughness of Natural Bamboo Flooring

Consumers nowadays typically prefer products that are sustainable, durable and environment friendly as well. The type of flooring for the home is no exception. The durability and longevity are among the characteristics that consumers want nowadays when it comes to flooring. If you are one of these individuals, then you may have heard of natural bamboo flooring. To some, this may seem new in the world of flooring. However, did you know that this type of flooring has been used for quite a while now in China?

Prior to natural bamboo flooring arriving in the consumer market, individuals were quite fond of hardwood flooring. But homeowners today have realized that bamboo has a lot more advantages than your typical hardwood. Natural bamboo has an attractive off-white blonde shade, which is what we basically associate with bamboo. Carbonized bamboo has a caramel-like brown color. Boiling the bamboo for a significant amount of time will get this result. This is because the sugar that is naturally present in the bamboo caramelizes, producing the dark warm color.

Natural bamboo flooring has a look that makes many people believe that it is cleaner than other shades or other types of flooring. Some homeowners opt for this type of flooring simply because of its stunning resemblance to natural oak flooring. There are also shade variations that provide you with a vast selection. One is the natural light shade that gives the flooring that bleached appearance. Another is the one that is slightly darker, which a lot of individuals go for because of its warmer tones.

The stalks are the part of the bamboo plant that is typically used to produce the flooring strips. The stalks are reduced into strips before they are milled to shaped lengths. After which the strips are bonded to each other in layers to form the boards. The boards are then milled again to look like the hardwood flooring strips. These are just some of the facts regarding natural bamboo flooring that you should know, so when you evaluate a bamboo floor against hardwood then you will realize that bamboo is the clear choice.

Natural bamboo flooring has the characteristics that will make your home look remarkable. Although some might feel that a large stretch of area with light color is a bit too distracting. There is a solution for that too. Consider using natural bamboo planks that has a darker bamboo edging, or you can try a sporadic design by using different colored bamboo planks. If you are not into those design ideas, you can always use floor rugs or carpets to break up the dullness of a plain shade.

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Bamboo is the wonder

The Filipino has always been likened to the bamboo charcoal products, ever resilient, bending to the beatings of the harsh wind but always ready to stand tall again after every beating.

Justice of the Court of Appeals, Chairman of the Commission on Audit – that is how people in Region 8 know and look with awe and respect at Justice Francisco Tantuico, one of the few Eastern Visayans who have reached national stature. To the younger set, they know him to be the man who built a covered court for the tennis enthusiasts, thus saving them from being sunburned and the man behind the tertiary school that provides quality education even to the least privilege students.

Accidentally, however, PIA discovered that despite the busy life he keeps, Justice Tantuico is one of the most avid advocates of Bamboo. Not only does he keep a garden with at least 15 varieties of bamboo, he also lives in a house with interesting faux bamboo furniture and beautified with bamboo-based crafts and decors which are each talking pieces.

Perhaps it was because then Tanauan Mayor now Board Member Roque A. Tiu who set up the first bamboo setum in Eastern Visayas, was with the writer, that former Justice Tantuico showed his most precious bamboo crafts which were made from the various parts of bamboo, from roots to leaves.

One should see the collection of bamboo craft which Justice Tantuico keeps in his office at his newly constructed building – from the simply but elegantly designed bamboo tables, stools, to the intricately sculptured wall decors.

Justice Tantuico revealed about his interest in the bamboo. In fact he is so interested in the bamboo that he has a bamboo garden right at the vicinity of the restaurant and that his bamboo collection counts to about 15 varieties. He even attends international conventions on bamboos.

This might even be more that the collection of DENR in the Region, then Mayor Tiu opined. Tanauan is known for its bamboo craft industry and so to ensure the availability of raw materials, Mayor Tiu thought of setting up the Bamboo setum with the able assistance of the DENR 8.

Bamboo trees abound all over the Region but the people’s knowledge on its uses is very limited, Justice Tantuico said. He mentioned that there are bamboo trees the diameter of which is big enough to be made into a table top. He revealed that there is what is called as the bamboo plywood, plywood made out of bamboo.

The bamboo has many uses: food, medicine, furniture, housing material, decorating with bamboo. It could even be the source of survival in the forest as it is known to have clean water deposits. Since time immemorial, the bamboo is known to prevent soil erosion because its roots spread widely.

In the world meeting atCancun,Mexico, advocates were one in saying that climate summit searching for ways to mitigate climate-changing gas emissions should consider bamboo.

Bamboo grows quickly, needs little water, absorbs carbon dioxide, protects estuaries and can withstand storms.

People scorn the plant and consider it a pest, particularly in areas where coffee, banana, tobacco and cocoa are grown, or where there is extensive cattle production, and yet bamboo, already used in housing, furniture ,bamboo garden structures and other areas, has potential to help in the battle against global warming which is worth looking into.

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Bamboo garden structures brings tranquillity to Dunedin

Dunedin is famed for its fine bamboo garden structures, so when the local Chinese community looked for a gift to present to the city for its 150th anniversary back in 1998, they decided on decorating with garden.

At the time, Shanghai Museum officials were in the city presenting an exhibition at the art gallery as part of the celebrations. As Shanghai is Dunedin’s sister city, they offered to help.

The Chinese Scholars Garden dates back to the 7th century. It was a place of refuge for the advisers at the emperor’s court. These respected men had huge responsibilities and their gardens provided a place of tranquillity where they could relax and reflect on their ancient culture.

The Chinese bamboo garden combines the main elements of wood, water, rock and plants. Rocks are the bones of the earth. Water is regarded as the garden’s life. The Dunedin pond will soon accommodate 1000 fish but no carp as this species is banned in New Zealand.

Thirty craftsmen took four months to build these graceful bamboo garden structures in a Shanghai factory before being shipped to New Zealand.

It took 99 containers to transport every part of the garden from China. This included 970 tonnes of rock and 380,000 handmade tiles.

Sixty-three Chinese craftsmen spent a further six months in Dunedin turning a 3000sq m piece of wasteland into a magical place of serenity and beauty. All the bamboo garden structures were assembled with the ancient technique of mortise and tenon (no nails are used).

Willow, apple blossom, cherry blossom, magnolia and maple are just a few of the 94 plants named on the garden planting list. Crafts with bamboo, symbolising refinement, and pine, symbolising strength and resilience, are particularly important.This is a beautiful place, worthy of the time and great care invested in its creation. I feel at peace and understand why the 7th-century Chinese scholars treasured these magical places of refuge.

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Fake can be fine if it’s faux‎

Sometimes “fake” is fine in the world of collectors.There are examples of “faux” marble made from plain white marble with a skillfully painted marblelike pattern. One of the most interesting uses of substitute materials dates from the late-19th century. Asian ideas influenced designers then, and bamboo furniture became popular.

Bamboo is soft and flexible, not strong enough for large, heavy pieces, so some American makers began to make faux bamboo from bird’s-eye maple. Bedroom sets that included beds, dressers, small side tables and washstands looked like bamboo charcoal products but actually were maple.

A top-quality furniture company, R.J. Horner of New York, sold many of these sets to upper-class New York City families. This well-made furniture is a bargain today, lower in price than it was five years ago.

Many of the posters included specially-designed type styles that had strangely-shaped letters of different sizes made to fill the space around the other designs. Some were done with fluorescent paint so they glowed under a blacklight. The posters are scarce today because most eventually were discarded. Search your mother’s attic. You may find some of your posters, and even in poor condition they sell for hundreds of dollars or more.

Every Royal Doulton figurine in the huge Harry Nixon series, introduced in 1913, was given an HN number. Nixon (1886-1955) was in charge of the figure-painting department at Royal Doulton’s factory in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. Each of your figurines, if in perfect condition, would sell for about $100 to $300 today.

Instruments meant for export to the U.S. had to be marked with the country of origin after 1891. Beginning in 1957, the words “copy of” were added to labels on some of these violins. Today, some manufacturers make violins using modern techniques that replicate Stradivari’s work and sell for high prices. But most “Stradivarius” violins are poor imitations and don’t sell for much. Prices depend on quality, and range from $50 to $500.

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the U.S. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

Esso Gas & Oil pop gun, fabric pops out that says “Just as Sure as Shootin,’ ” pictures Esso station attendant on both sides, five-digit phone number, 1951, 4 3/4 x 71/2 inches, $50.

Bride’s dress for American Character Toni doll, tulle and taffeta with lace, rosettes on front, white satin cap headpiece with faux pearls, 1950s, fits 20-inch doll, $75.

Waterford crystal water pitcher, Lismore pattern, diamond-and-wedge cut, marked, 6 1/2 x 4 inches, $110.

Lenox “First Waltz” porcelain figurine, long red-and-white dress with large, puffy sleeves, pearl choker necklace, holding feather fan, 8 1/2 inches, $160.

Snow White china tea set, transfers of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, teapot, sugar, creamer, six cups, saucers and dessert dishes, box, Walt Disney Enterprises, Japan, 1937, $515.

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Cane, bamboo products, a source of income for many

A large number of people  are engaged in the manufactured cane and bamboo items to earn their livelihood from it.These artisans are working under the aegis of The People’s Action for Rural Development Organization (PARDO) that has set up the Rungchan cane and  crafts with bamboo cluster. 

Many people from Maring Tribe are also engaged in this business in Tusihimi Village in Chandel District.

“We get a salary every month; so it is very helpful I can pay for my children tuition fees as well I can spend money on my other needs. So, it is very good,” said K Tabitha Tarao, an artisan.

Handmade cane and bamboo charcoal products from the Northeast are in great demand across the country. They attract many buyers in fairs and exhibitions.The finished products are marketed within the state and are also sold at India International Trade Fairs.

Bamboo forests occupy approximately 10.03 million hectares, which constitutes almost 12.8 percent of the total forest area of the country. 28 percent the area is located in the northeast region.

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How to capture a bamboo garden

Bamboo garden trends come and go, especially in the Northwest, where we haven’t yet settled on an iconic style and perhaps never will. With an enviable climate, rich soil (yes, clay is rich) and many-membered club of horticulturists and plant explorers, Oregonians have been exposed to influences from around the world. We can — and do — pick from  French formal, English romance, South African diversity and Mexican courtyards.

Decorating with bamboo especially has taken on a major role. Education from experts such as Ian Connor of Connor Bamboo and Ned Jaquith of Bamboo Garden help lighten bamboo’s bad rep. Yes, the running types can get out of control. But with committed yet minimal maintenance, this mysterious plant brings an atmosphere to the garden like no other. From a most-effective screen to an exotic stand-alone specimen, bamboo does it all. If you’re still not ready to take the plunge, Connor suggests dipping your toe into the large family of well-behaved clumping bamboo, which stays where it’s put with no argument.

The most recognizable bamboo is called running bamboo (also referred to as timber bamboo), with towering culms that can get 75 feet tall, though they more commonly are 30 to 40 feet tall and 4 to 7 inches in diameter at maturity. It’s called running bamboo because it sends out rhizomes (underground stems) horizontally and pops up numerous new shoots farther and farther away from the original plant. Without regular maintenance, it will spread rapidly and become unmanageable.

The alternative is called clumping bamboo, a group of plants that have much slimmer culms and are not nearly as tall as running bamboo. They look more like tall ornamental grasses of crafting with bamboo, although with the typical leaves of large bamboo. Clumping bamboo also reproduces by rhizomes. These plants send up shoots close to the base of the clump and spread out very little.

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