Crafting A Kinetic Bamboo Fruit Bowl
Follow Faith’s journey of designing and crafting a bamboo kinetic fruit bowl during the Bamboo U 11 Day Build and Design Course.
During the 11 Day Bamboo Build and Design Course in Bali we dedicate the second part of the course for students to either immerse in a full-scale bamboo structure or to work with master carpenters and a resident designer to fulfill a prototype for a small-scale bamboo object or furniture piece. In so doing, it is our aim that working hands-on with bamboo will give students a deeper understanding of bamboo as a building material.
Last July 2022, Faith joined us from the United States to learn about how to take a small model and preliminary idea and use bamboo to create a full-sized work. In the second part of the 11-day course, she worked on a design for a bamboo kinetic fruit bowl which she called: Armadillo Fruit Bowl.
Design Idea, Concept, and Inspiration
The idea came when I tried mangosteen for the first time recently. After that, I was inspired to make a serving tray dish from bamboo for them. I imagine the bowl on a kitchen countertop, rocking back and forth as the fruit itself is given and taken away.
Crafting the Fruit Bowl
The species Dendrocalamus asper known locally in Indonesia as Bambu Petung was used to craft the dish bowl. A small pole was cut in half and then the strategic rup rup technique was cut to create a bend. The curve is held by two Bambu Tali, Indonesian for Gigantochloa apus. During the crafting process, a handsaw was the primary tool I used and the piece was sanded by hand. As for the finishing, I used polyurethane.
Faith is a student at Duke University, graduating in May 2023. She studied computer science and visual arts, and she is passionate about the intersection of design, technology, and social good. Her commitment to service has led her to pursue international projects in fields such as healthcare and environmentally conscious architecture. Faith continues to look for ways to incorporate inclusivity and sustainability into her cross-discipline practices.
March 1-12th, 2023
The 11 Day Bamboo Build & Design Course in Bali
In 11 days, we'll show you how to build bamboo structures we’ll share all that it takes to build with nature.