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I was wondering, since Rattan strings are so expensive (at list to buy from mejiro), and since inlaid bindings still looks the best with rattan on them,
Is it posibble to make them at home? i mean: the straw used for traditional basket weaving is Rattan from what ive read, its just round and thicker, and it costs are really low, so what about trying to split it into thin rattan strings and use them?
And what about other alternatives ?
Last edited by Itamar Foguel (2011-02-25 18:55:44)
Thin the rattan may work but hard to achieve an even thickness.
I made one kind of similar work using a straw from a coconut tree leaf. I didn't used it on shakuhachi since I prefer tradicional rattan or just not inlay cord bindings when needed.
Here is a pic:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_bMt2QnIig-o/S … 240005.JPG
If you think you can use it and do not have something like that near you, let me know, it's really cheap here in Brasil and I can send some to you!
A big hug!