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Why do bamboo kens hav two colours?

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Aloysius_hung_, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    Ive realised bamboo kendamas have a lighter and darker toned stripes. Are those just the grain or they are strips of bamboo connected tgt?
     
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  2. Blake W.

    Blake W. Honed Member

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    Just the natural grain of the bamboo, nothing more, nothing less...
     
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  3. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    But it seems like the strips are really neatly positioned
     
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  4. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    The light/dark striped bamboo kendama that I've seen are laminated segments of bamboo (stuck together pieces). Since bamboo is mostly hollow, unlike regular trees, you can't really make a kendama out of a single piece so they glue pieces together like many of the other multiwood kendamas out there. There is a "solid" bamboo sold by a couple of companies but I believe it's more of a "particle board" construction made of bamboo chips/sawdust and mixed with a binding compound. They're really heavy too, the samples I've seen are often 200g+.
     
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  5. Blake W.

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    Oh my bad, seems like they are laminated...Seems like that would make a great spectra
     
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  6. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    @goenKendama is correct, bamboo kens are made out of a laminate.

    You can get that laminate made with all the same colour of bamboo, but the 2-tone design looks nicer so it's more popular
     
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  7. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    Oo thankss
     
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