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Entries in Veal Rinh commune (3)


How To Bend Rattan


Pretty simple actually. Carefully heat the cane with a blow torch. And then bend it with a metal jig while it is still hot. Repeat until cane attains desired curvature. The cane will maintain this shape after it is cool. [NOTE: Video clip from rattan factory at Veal Rinh commune in Laos (see Rattan Splitter).


Canes in Cambodia

Pile of rattan cane laying outside of the little rattan factory at Veal Rinh commune in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia (see Rattan Splitter).  I think the cane is Calamus viminalis Willd., or "phdau krek" (see Field Herbarium). [NOTE: I am very ready to go back to Cambodia and continue the rattan work. Am also curious about the status of my Fulbright application to teach in Phnom Penh next year]. 


Rattan Splitter


On the way back from Kampot we stopped at a small rattan factory in the village of Veal Rinh. Really great place, and the factory buys raw material from several of the communities that I am working with. I was especially taken by the rattan splitting machine. Noisy, smoky, and a bit clunky, but it's a beatiful piece of equipment and it certainly does the job. [NOTE: You can download a high resolution image of this noble machine here. Lovely background for the desktop].